Tomatoes rot at Soweto

CRYWELL Jere emptying a crate of decaying tomatoes at New Soweto market garbage dumpsite in Lusaka yesterday. The tomatoe price has plummeted from K450 a box in May this, to lower than K50.00 in August. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA

TOMATOES worth thousands of Kwacha are rotting at Lusaka’s Soweto Market every day because of the abundance of the commodity, which has also resulted in rapid and steep drop of prices.
A check by Sunday Mail at Lusaka’s biggest market found some boxes of tomatoes being sold for as low as K13. Early this year, a box of tomatoes fetched as much as K300.
Heaps of tomatoes are rotting.
One of the traders Martha Mbewe, a Lusaka resident has regretted engaging herself in the tomato business because of the loss she has incurred.
Ms Mbewe told the Sunday Mail in an interview that she has lost about K5,000 after her tomatoes went to waste

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