Demonetisation woes: Farmer dumps truck load of tomatoes in Telangana
The farmer from Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, came to the Bowenpally market two days ago expecting good returns. All he was offered for a box of 25 kg of tomatoes was Rs. 60
An angry farmer dumped a lorry load of tomatoes at the biggest vegetable market in Bowenpally, Telangana, on Wednesday, as he could not recover even the cost of transporting them.
The farmer from Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, came to the Bowenpally market two days ago expecting good returns. All that he was offered for a box of 25 kg of tomatoes was Rs. 60, according to a report in The Hindu. Rather that selling his hardwork produce for such a meagre amount, the frustrated farmer chose to dump all 350 boxes he had and return home empty-handed.
This is not the first case. Such incidents are being witnessed ever since demonetisation came into effect.
On December 7, political analyst Devinder Sharma had tweeted that angry farmers in Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh were dumping tomato on highways. The reason? They are getting Rs.50 for a 100 kg batch of tomato. That means they were getting 50 paise for a kg of tomato. Ironically, 50 paise is practically out of circulation in India.
These poor farmers are not even able to recover the labour cost paid for loading and unloading of the produce, leave alone the cost of cultivation.
Earlier, The Hindustan Times reported of a cabbage farmer named Sanjay Gunjal of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra who got just Rs 6,000 for his entire one acre of produce instead of Rs 80,000, the market price he could have got earlier.