Farmers of Maharashtra are troubled by a new disease these days. Along with the corona virus, now the tomatoes are troubled by the virus entering the crop. Tomato crop is being destroyed due to virus penetration. Thousands of acres of farming are getting spoiled. Farmers are calling it the ‘tricolor virus’. Any vegetable is mostly incomplete without tomatoes and in such a situation, the crop is getting disturbed for the farmers.
Now a new virus has entered the tomato. Due to this, there is a difference in the color and size of tomatoes produced in tomato farming. Farmers are calling this the tricolor virus. Due to this virus, tomatoes are getting razed and blacken inside and start rotting. Due to yellow spots on the tomato, now its cultivation is under threat. One year it may have to stop production. Such a thing is also coming to the fore.
According to tomato-producing farmer Ramesh Wakley, “Our produced tomatoes are turning yellow in the field. Their buyers are not available in the market. First, the corona is hit and now the crop is deteriorating. It has become difficult for us to live.”
Farmer Ranganath Bhalke said, “Our crop is deteriorating. We are seeing three colors in tomato. Don’t know which virus came in our tomato crop. We are addressing it as ‘Tricolor Virus’.”
In the last few years, tomato cultivation has increased in Maharashtra during February and April. Tomato farming is a cash crop. Farmers work hard for this farming. About one to two lakhs of rupees are spent on one acre of cultivation. In the tomato plants that were planted in February, it was seen that the tomatoes are turning yellow, later their color also turned white, spots started appearing. Tomatoes are rotting inside. The farmers of Sangamner and Akola are upset with the new virus in tomato. The ‘tricolor virus’ has been impacted on tomatoes in the 5 thousand acres area of Akola and Sangamner part of Ahmednagar district.