Hit by low prices, farmers dump tonnes of tomatoes on highway in Chhattisgarh
Hundreds of farmers in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh incensed over declining tomato prices dumped tonnes of tomatoes on national highway 43 on Wednesday and staged �chakka jam�.
Hundreds of farmers in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh incensed over declining tomato prices dumped tonnes of tomatoes on national highway 43 on Wednesday and staged “chakka jam”.
The farmers alleged the "syndicate" of local middlemen and traders was not ready to purchase tomatoes even at 50 paise per kg. After the government’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes rural economy has got badly hit.
Post demonetisation due to cash crunch people are not willing to spend. People are postponing their purchases of ‘luxury’ items, and even necessary items like vegetables. This is adversely affecting the vegetable producer back in the village. As farmers can’t store his perishable items they are dumping it on road to show desperation.
"We are looking at all the options to ensure better market to farmers for their produce. Prospects are also being searched in the market at Bargarh region of Odisha, which is close to Jashpur," said Jashpur Collector Priyanka Shukla.
Shukla ruled out scrapping of high denomination currency as the reason for nosediving of prices. The collector has directed the municipality not to recover local taxes from tomato growing farmers.
In a memorandum addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee, local Congress leader Pawan Agrawal has demanded that support price be declared for tomatoes and requested that state government be directed to procure tomatoes on lines of paddy.
Agrawal has also demanded setting up of a tomato sauce manufacturing unit in Jashpur, eradication of the role of middlemen and to ensure smooth supply of new currency notes in the market.