Madanapalle of Chittoor district, which is known for exporting high quality tomatoes to other parts of India will get to the next level of operations now. The AP State Govt is working on constructing a new tomato market here on a 70 acre stretch. The tomato business from this region is truly multi crore, and is easily one of the largest revenue generators in the state’s horticulture sector.
The rates of the crop have been volatile over the years, sometimes dipping to a strikingly low price. However, the farmers here kept the business going, maintaining and retaining their value of operations.
The recent interactions between the Agriculture minister P Pulla Rao and farmers threw light on various matters. Rao shared that when the prices of tomatoes stabilize, farmers will reap rich benefits and escape the threat of falling prices.
The farmers also shared their concerns with the minister, and said that they never wanted a windfall , but are constantly worried about the sudden drop of prices which forces them to abandon the crops from time to time.
They requested the minister to look at stabilizing the prices to at least Rs. 350 per crate with 30 kg of tomatoes. Mr Pulla Rao replied that he will place their request before Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.