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Hill Tomato Farm prices to Rule between Rs.1000-1200 per quintal

Tomato is a major vegetable widely produced throughout the Uttarakhand where it is grown both in hills as well as in plains. Nainital, Dehradun, U.S. Nagar and Haridwar are the four major districts producing tomatoes and constitute about 63 percent of the total production in the state. NAIP Project “Establishing and Networking of Market Intelligence Centers in India” is under operation at GBPUA&T, Pantnagar. One of the objectives of this project is to make price forecasts well in advance of sowing of selected agricultural commodities and during harvesting. The research team of GBPUA&T Pantnagar had conducted market survey of Haldwani regulated market, a major market for Hill tomato in the Uttarakhand, and analyzed the wholesale price data prevailed for the last twenty three years in this market. Taking into account the results of the econometric analysis, traders’ view and the present rainfall situation it is informed that the prices of hill tomato will be ranging from 1000-1150 Rs/qt at farm level during August and September2013 while it may increase to Rs 1050-1200 /qt in October2013. Hence farmers are recommended to take sowing decision as per the price forecast. Tomatoes are grown throughout the world in about an area of 47 lakh hectares with a production of about 13 crores tonnes. The top ten producers in the world are China, USA, India, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Iran, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico. These together contribute about 70 percent of total production. India ranks third contributing around 8 percent of the world’s production. This crop is grown over 6 lakh hectares in India ranking second among the countries having maximum area cultivated for tomatoes. The yield rate per hectare in India is quite low that stands at 18 tons per hectare as compared to USA, Italy and Spain where it ranges between 50-60 tons per hectare. Major tomato growing states are Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka, West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh which together accounted for about 82.20 percent of India’s production. 

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