The Newz Radar
The demand for Heemsohna variety of tomatoes in Solan’s vegetable market has witnessed a continuous upswing, bringing great joy to local farmers.
On Tuesday, the highly sought-after Heemsohna tomatoes were sold in bulk at an impressive rate of Rs 100 per kg, with a 25-kg crate fetching a handsome sum of Rs 2,500. In stark contrast, other tomato varieties were being sold for prices ranging from Rs 1,700 to Rs 2,000 per crate. The escalating demand for Solan’s tomatoes has extended beyond the local market, with supplies being sent to Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and other states.
The vegetable market in Solan has witnessed a business turnover of approximately Rs 5.10 crore in tomatoes from June 18 to July 4. It is worth noting that the tomato season has just commenced in some areas of the Solan district, with only a few shipments arriving from tomato-rich regions like Basal, Devathi, Dharot and Kandaghat. The farmers are receiving prices for their tomatoes based on the grade, and the supply from neighbouring Sirmaur district has also started to arrive in mandis.
About 34,000 crates of tomatoes have been dispatched to other states, surpassing last year’s figures. It is noteworthy that by July last year, the tomato market had not even reached a turnover of Rs 1 crore. The prices of tomatoes were drastically lower, ranging from Rs 10 to 20 per kg. However, this season, tomatoes are being traded at Rs 80 to 100 per kg in the wholesale market, allowing farmers to fetch prices ranging from Rs 100 to 120 per kg.