Tomato Market: Do not let prices blind you, Mr. Agriculture warn farmers

Mr. Agriculture Rodger Kirwa, a tomato farmer. Ima

As the try season scales, prices of Tomatoes in the market have gone high. A single tomato in local markets goes for Kshs.10, as traders sell three at Kshs.20.

Farmers have every reason to smile even as try whether conditions reduce the supply of tomatoes, thus increasing prices.

However, Mr. Agriculture –Rodgers Kirwa –who is an award winning farmer and CEO at iAgribizAfrica, has a message to tomato farmers.

Through his twitter handle, @rodgers_kirwa, he warns farmers about the prevailing market conditions, urging them to evaluate the market before planting more tomatoes at this try-weather condition.

He twits, “Do not plant Tomatoes this season because of the good prices that we have in the market right now. Do your market research first?”

Prices of Tomatoes usually go high during dry weather conditions, and farmers reap high due to high demand in the market.

In March 2019, price for tomatoes increased 7.44 per cent from Sh44.32 to Sh47.30 per kilo according to indices report by Consumer Price Kenya.

The demand for Tomatoes in the Kenyan market are usually high, superseding the supply.

Kenya produces an average of 283,000 tonnes of tomatoes annually against a demand of 300,000 tonnes, resulting to an importation need of up to 27,000 tonnes.

 

See also: Fusarium Wilt: Common Tomato disease –how to prevent it

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