Farmers count losses amid tomatoes’ bumper yield...

Dhaka, Saturday   17 April 2021

Farmers count losses amid tomatoes’ bumper yield

 Bashail (Tangail) Correspondent

 Published: 03:54 PM, 25 March 2021  

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Tangail’s Bashail farmers face losses amid the bumper yield of tomatoes. Although the yield has been quite good this year compared to other years, the farmers have to count losses due to the relatively low price and demand of tomatoes in the market.

Tomato farmers in the area are also in dire straits due to a lack of conservation measures. They even cannot bear the cost of labours. Tomatoes are also being thrown away as they cannot be sold in the market. Some farmers are wasting their tomatoes ‘in the field’ as they are unable to pay labour wages.  

According to the Upazila Agriculture Office, different varieties of tomatoes have been planted in about 20 hectares of land in the upazila. In the past, many farmers were inclined towards tomato cultivation as it benefited them a lot. Bumper yields have also been expected in this region.

While visiting the Adajan village known as the ‘horticultural treasures’ of the upazila, huge tomato fields have been seen. The locals have been cultivating different types of crops including tomatoes, green chilies, eggplants, dates, cucumbers, potatoes, wheat, maize in these fields. At the beginning of the season, tomatoes could be sold in the market at Tk 300 to Tk 350 per mound, which is now difficult to sell in the market Tk 200 per mound.

“I have planted tomatoes on 80 percent of the land at a cost of Tk 60,000. This year tomatoes have to be sold at Tk 200 per mound – where I sold at Tk 800 per mound last year,” said Malam Khan, a tomato farmer from Adajan village of the upazila.

Bashail Upazila Agriculture Officer Naznin Akhter said tomatoes have been planted on about 20 hectares of land in Bashail. Farmers have planted different types of hybrid, local varieties of tomatoes. The yield has been very good this year compared to the past. They are being “deprived of the desired price” due to the last phase of the winter season. 

Tangail Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer Shariful Islam said the government has distributed fertilizers and seeds among the farmers during the Covid-19 period. Tomato yield has been better this year than other years, however, “prices are low due to good yield,” he added.