Regardless of farming remaining excluded from lockdown, vegetable farmers in Maharashtra are suffering heavy losses due to the fact of value crash in wholesale marketplaces. Price ranges of greens such tomato, green capsicum and okra have bottomed out, with up to 80 for each cent decrease in some locations.
Farmers are also cautious of having their goods to APMC marketplaces for fear of contracting Covid-19.
Selling at reduced price ranges
There is big-scale cultivation of greens in the Mumbai, Pune and Nashik belt, which is also recognised as the golden triangle. In the last couple of a long time, accessibility to water, fertile land and a good community of streets ensured economic prosperity even among the the tiny-scale framers in this triangle.
Now the farmers are forced to promote a 20-kg crate of tomatoes for ₹70, which was ₹200 just before the lockdown.
Vegetable farmer Yogesh Chavanke from Sinnar taluka