Pune News | Tomato Cultivation Set to Ease Prices Post-August 15th
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Pune : Pune News | Tomato cultivation has commenced in the tomato belt of Maharashtra since the second week of June, and it is expected that these fresh tomatoes will be available in the market after August 15th, bringing some relief to consumers with more affordable prices. The state’s major tomato-growing regions include Narayangaon (Pune), Satara, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Aurangabad, Latur, and Nagpur districts. Currently, rapid cultivation is underway in Narayangaon and the Nashik area, ensuring a steady supply of tomatoes in the near future.
Tomato harvesting typically begins 65 to 70 days after planting, which means that the newly planted tomatoes will reach the market by August 15th. Traders predict that tomato prices will stabilize and become more accessible for consumers after this period.

 

In Maharashtra, approximately 56 to 57 thousand hectares of land are dedicated to tomato cultivation. This includes around 40 to 42 thousand hectares in the Kharif season and 16 to 17 thousand hectares during Rabi and summer seasons. The state aims to produce around 10 lakh tonnes of tomatoes annually. However, between December 2022 and May 2023, tomato prices were exceptionally low, resulting in significant losses for farmers. In May, due to the lack of demand and profitability, some farmers resorted to selling their tomatoes on the roadside. As a result, the cultivation of the crop was adversely affected. However, with the expectation of improved prices, new plantings have commenced.

 

Nevertheless, the recent monsoon rains across most parts of the state have impacted vegetable cultivation, including tomatoes. The success of the upcoming tomato crop will depend on favorable weather conditions and sufficient rainfall. If these conditions align, consumers can anticipate the availability of tomatoes in the market after August 15th, offering much-needed relief from the high prices experienced in recent months.

 

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