India’s tomato farmers will be able to sell their produce at the same price as rice, which is also a staple for millions of Indians.
A decision by the government to give them a subsidy of Rs 2,000 per kilo of produce will boost their income by Rs 6,000-7,000 a month, said Agustin Agosto, head of the Indian tomato growers’ association.
“The subsidy will help farmers buy tomatoes for their families.
This will also make a big difference for the price of their produce,” he said.
The government has also launched a subsidy scheme to subsidise rice and vegetables in the north-eastern state of Odisha.
The farmers of Ondhia, which has a population of around 1.8 million, have been facing severe food insecurity due to the drought and a rising demand for pulses.
They have also been protesting the lack of adequate water.
Agosto said the government should consider subsidising rice and tomatoes in other parts of the country.
“I am happy that farmers can sell their products at the lowest price and enjoy higher income,” he added.