Long Distance Supply of Tomato: A Case Study of Anand (Gujarat)
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- Tomato Supply, Long Distance Transportation, Economics of Supply, Losses
- Vala, Dr. K. V.; Kumpavat, M. T.; Datta, Dr. S.
- Tomato is one of the most important and popular vegetable in the world. India is the second-largest tomato producer worldwide. Tomato production has continuously increased during last 15 years because of higher demand, increase in consumption and higher rate of return. Tomato is one of the essential commodities of the Indian market and is eaten as raw fruit well as processed products. So, there is a need of this delicious produce in every part of country. Every year huge amount of tomatoes are being transported from production area to various places. Tomato also being transported from Anand to different parts of India and nearby country border. Therefore a case study was taken up to assess the various post-harvest handling steps involved in tomato supply and economics of supply. It is observed that supply chain of tomato is lack of proper handling, collection and pack house facility. Traders and persons involved are not skilled, also not aware of physiology of tomato fruit, results in poor handling and loss. Growers are not benefited, but middleman and merchant gets more benefits. Merchants gets profit of Rs 4- 7 per kg of selling at end place.
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