In a major respite to the protesting farmers who dumped tomatoes at the market yard over low prices for the produce in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh government intervened and decided to buy the tomatoes at reasonable prices to ensure farmers get good returns.

Farmers at the Pathikonda market yard in Kurnool district dumped the tomato produce in protest over the price drop on tomatoes. The farmers were getting only Rs 1 per Kg which is grossly insufficient to the farmers.

The severe price drop is way too low compared to their input costs. Saying they could not even recover their transport costs the farmers staged a demonstration seeking the government’s intervention to assure minimum returns to the farmers.

A press statement form the Chief Minster’s Office read “With immediate orders from the Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy the government is procuring the tomatoes from the farmers at the Pathikonda Market yard in Kurnool district.”

Visuals surfaced showing cows, donkeys and other animals eating away the dumped tomatoes. The farmers also alleged that the middlemen at the market yard were trying to buy the produce secretly outside the market yard to avoid the government’s oversight.

According to reports over 50 tons of tomatoes had been purchased so far by the government and additional five tons were purchased by the marketing department using the Price Stabilization Funds.

The move came after the state government held a inter-ministerial meeting on Friday. The state government assured to review the price stability situation and availability while providing timely intervention.



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