Pune Farmer Earns ₹ 2.8 Crore By Selling Tomatoes
Pune Farmer Earns ₹ 2.8 Crore By Selling Tomatoes

Pune Farmer Generates ₹2.8 Crore Revenue from Tomato Sales, Aims Higher.

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Pune (Maharashtra): Despite the escalating tomato prices nationwide, a farmer from Pune, Maharashtra, has successfully earned over ₹2.8 crore through tomato sales. Ishwar Gayakar (36), hailing from Junnar taluka in Pune, along with his spouse, has set ambitious goals to reach a revenue target of ₹3.5 crore with their current stockpile of approximately 4,000 cases of tomatoes.

Gayakar emphasized the perseverance and dedication invested over the years, stating, “This success did not come overnight. For the past six to seven years, I have been cultivating tomatoes on my 12-acre farm. Despite facing financial setbacks, I never gave up on my dreams. Although I had a deficit of ₹18-20 lakh in 2021, I remained steadfast.”

Highlighting his achievements this year, Gayakar shared, “This year, I cultivated tomatoes on 12 acres of land, and as of now, I have sold around 17,000 crates, with prices ranging between ₹770 and ₹2,311 per case. My total earnings amount to ₹2.8 crore so far.”

Gayakar further revealed that he still possesses a stock of 3,000 to 4,000 crates of tomatoes on his property. Based on these figures, he estimated his annual income to reach approximately ₹3.5 crore. Expressing gratitude towards his wife, who works alongside him on the farm, as well as the blessings from his parents and grandparents, Gayakar attributed his success to their unwavering support. He joyfully shared, “My entire family is elated with the favourable prices we obtained for our tomatoes.”

Previously, Gayakar expected to sell tomatoes for around ₹30 per kilogram, but this season proved to be a windfall. Reflecting on this, he remarked, “I had anticipated a price of ₹30 per kilogram for tomatoes, but it turned out to be a bumper harvest for me this time.”

Gayakar commenced farming activities in approximately 2005, following in his father’s footsteps. Initially, he cultivated tomatoes on just one acre of land. However, in 2017, when labourers became available, he expanded his tomato cultivation to 12 acres. In addition to tomatoes, Gayakar also grows onions and flowers during specific seasons.

Recently, consumers across the country received some respite from soaring tomato prices when the central government reduced the wholesale price from ₹90 to ₹80 per kilogram.

Tomato prices was made following a reassessment of market conditions. The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) and the National Consumer Cooperative Federation (NCCF) will implement these price changes starting from Sunday, July 16, in various cities, including Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Patna, Muzaffarpur, and Arrah. The revised prices will be extended to other cities based on prevailing market rates. On July 14, tomatoes were again priced at ₹90 per kilogram.

As of today, the price of tomatoes in Jaipur stands at ₹140.00 per kilogram. Here is a brief overview of the price history of tomatoes in Jaipur:

  1. July 15, 2023: ₹130.00 per kg
  2. July 14, 2023: ₹135.00 per kg
  3. July 13, 2023: ₹128.00 per kg
  4. July 12, 2023: ₹125.00 per kg
  5. July 11, 2023: ₹132.00 per kg
  6. July 10, 2023: ₹126.00 per kg
  7. July 9, 2023: ₹122.00 per kg
  8. July 8, 2023: ₹118.00 per kg
  9. July 7, 2023: ₹135.00 per kg
  10. July 6, 2023: ₹140.00 per kg
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