Tomatoes are being sold at Chitalmari in Bagerhat at Tk 4 to 5 per kg. At the beginning of the season in this upazila the price of tomato was 60 to 75 rupees per kg. Farmers are frustrated by the sudden fall in prices due to lack of proper market management.
On Friday morning, Khaser Hatbazar, Chitalmari Bazar, Umajuri Mor and Boalia Bazar of the upazila were visited and good tomatoes were being sold at Tk 180 to Tk 200 per ounce. Medium size tomatoes cost 120 to 150 rupees. Besides, small tomatoes are available at Rs 40 per ounce.
Sunil Guha, a tomato farmer from Danga’s Dang village, said, ‘I have about 4,000 tomato trees in my three fields. I got good prices for a few days at the beginning of the season. Now in the full season, the price of tomatoes has come down and I am in danger. The labor cost and transportation cost of picking tomatoes does not cover the cost of tomatoes. In this regard, the government should focus on proper market management control.
Pramatha Ranjan Bala, a tomato farmer from Boalia village, said, ‘I have planted 6,500 tomato trees on 12 bighas of land. In the beginning I got a good price for a few days. But yesterday I picked 38 maunds of tomatoes and sold them for 180 to 200 rupees. I haven’t received the money yet. Tomatoes are not being sold to pay for labor costs and transportation costs. However, more than one and a half lakh rupees has been spent for this cultivation due to the cost of fertilizers, pesticides and labor. I was shocked to see yesterday’s market price.
Local vegetable traders Moni Mollah, Lipon Majumder and Chandpur trader Nasir Mia said tomatoes were ripe everywhere at the same time. Prices have come down due to sudden increase in imports. However, prices may rise ahead.
He said, ‘When the tomatoes grew in Chitalmari area at the beginning of the season, we bought 60/75 rupees per kg. Due to which many farmers have got good prices this year. Now we are forced to buy goods at lower prices as per the demand of Mokam.
Chitalmari Upazila Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer Bidhan Rana said the production of tomatoes in the upazila is much higher this year than other years. Due to which the price has come down. However, prices are likely to rise in the future.
(Dhaka Times / 15 January / PL)
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