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India's tomato farmers dump crops as lockdown disrupts trade

Asia's 2nd-largest tomato market faces price crash and loses high season

Dejected farmers dump tomatoes after going to the state market and learning about current prices. (Photo by Ranganathan Krishnaswamy)

KOLAR, India -- Kolar, a city in India's southern state of Karnataka, is synonymous with its now-defunct gold fields. Today, the district's key export is "red gold" -- tomatoes being cultivated on over 20,000 hectares. But unlike gold, there are no guarantees in agriculture.

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