Despite being the second largest tomato producer in the world, India struggles to manage its seasonal surpluse and shortage.
Tomato prices have skyrocketed to Rs 150-200/kilo now. Just a few months ago, farmers were dumping tomatoes on roads in protest against prices falling to as low as Rs 1-2. Why do prices of essential vegetables in India swing as wildly as the dukes ball on a green top in Nottingham? The Plate’s TR Vivek speaks to Vilas Shinde, the chairman of Sahyadri Farms, India’s largest farmer producer company and of the biggest tomato processors in the country to decode this frequent phenomenon.