Tomato prices decline in Rajasthan

December 22nd, 2008 - 8:06 pm ICT by ANI  

Jaipur, Dec 22 (ANI): Tomato growers and traders in Rajasthan feel the heat of the plummeting prices of the perishable commodity following suspension of exports to Pakistan as the border has been sealed in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks.
Tomato crop, which was earlier, exported to Pakistan via Wagah boarder is now landing in the local markets leading to overflow of tomato. As a result, the tomato business is incurring huge losses.
“Before the Mumbai terror attacks, a large quantity of tomatoes was exported to Pakistan. Now that the border is sealed, export has come to a halt. It is badly affecting us and making a lot of difference,” said Dhayal, a tomato exporter.
Tomato price in the wholesale market has plunged from ten rupees to three rupees per kg.
Worried about the sharp decline of the prices the farmers wished the strained relation of India and Pakistan to improve sooner than later.
“We want the relation between the two countries to improve. Until the border is opened, the prices will not climb,” said Kamrauddin, a tomato seller.
Pakistan is one of biggest importers of Indian tomatoes, bulk of which is produced in Rajasthan. (ANI)

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