Masratu (Jharkhand), May 7 (ANI): Tomato growers in Jharkhand are being provided with additional facilities under the National Gardening Mission for increasing production and getting better returns from their yield.
These include cold storages and cold storage vans so that the farmers can pack their crops in their farms and take it to places where they can get a better price.
Soil Conservation Officer Anil Kumar provided details of the mission.
"Many plans from our agriculture department are upcoming. It has also come to Jharkhand. National Gardening Mission has been in practice for three years now," said Kumar.
"We have added the provision of a cold storage, cold storage van, where the farmers can do packing in their respective farms and take it to other places where they can get a good price for it," he added.
The tomato farmers of Masratu village here said that there are good opportunities for profits for the farmers, but if they don't get better price they will have to suffer losses.
"In case, if we get proper rate, the profits are up to Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh, but if we don't get proper rates there can be losses worth lakhs, " said Bisheshwar Mahto, a farmer.
"The younger generation should be interested in farming as well; it will also make the state self-reliant," he added.
Tomato is a warm season crop, it requires warm and cool climate. The plants cannot withstand frost and high humidity. (ANI)