Tomato and onion prices and achieving price stability through peri-urban horticulture revolution: Prof M S Swaminathan
November 30, 2017: Onion and tomato prices are going up in major cities causing considerable hardship to the poorer and middle class families. This is a recurrent phenomenon and effective steps to achieve price stability are yet to be put in place. One solution to the problem is promoting peri-urban horticulture. There is a large peri-urban area which is vacant, although real estate ventures are taking up much of these lands. What is urgently needed is a peri-urban horticulture programme where the onion, tomato, potato and other vegetables can be produced within cities. Such a decentralised production programme using vacant peri-urban land will help to prevent price volatility in towns and cities and at the same time provide some additional income to urban dwellers possessing some land. A peri-urban horticulture revolution is the pathway for avoiding violent undulations in the price of commodities like onion and tomato and ensuring their availability throughout the year.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.