Demonetisation impact? Vegetables prices dip in Chhattisgarh, farmers give away free produce
Taking the struggle with stride, farmers were heard saying, �Arre bhai, line me lagiye. Pachas din mein itna toh sikha hoga."
In a bid to draw the state government’s attention to the dramatic drop in prices around 300 farmers from four districts of Chhattisgarh gave away 1,000 kg of their vegetable produce for free.
According to The Indian Express report, the crowd surged as the vegetables were distributed outside Raipur’s indoor stadium Monday. The road had to be cordoned off by police.
The farmers gave away tomatoes, capsicum, green bananas etc amidst laughs of customers. Farmers ironically laughed too, saying “The situation is so bad that we are giving our produce for free. We are in crisis."
Dharmesh Kumar Tank, a farmer from Rajnandgaon district and member of Chhattisgarh Yuva Pragatishil Kisan Sangh, said, “This year, the price a farmer is getting for his produce is abysmally low. For vegetables. it is between Rs 25 and 40 a crate, which contains 27-28 kg of produce. The price does not even cover the farmer’s transport costs.”
Several farmers told The Indian Express that there were several reasons for the dip in prices, “After two years of bad rainfall, this year was excellent, and outputs were high. That is one of the reasons prices dropped. Middlemen in mandis drive up prices for consumers and eat into the margins of farmers,” one farmer said.
Taking the struggle with stride, farmers were heard saying, “Arre bhai, line me lagiye. Pachas din mein itna toh sikha hoga."
According to Hitesh Varu, President of Chhattisgarh Yuva Pragatisheel Kisan Sangh, since large consignments of vegetables like tomato, capsicum, banana, chilly, cabbage and others are arriving constantly to markets from villages triggering a drop in their price.
Talking to The Financial Express, he ruled out the affect of demonetisation policy on the prices of vegetables, Varu said, “it’s a common phenomenon of every year but this year it has been lasted for a long duration adding more trouble to the producers.”
However, State agriculture minister Brijmohan Agrawal said vegetable markets did not saw traders from outside the state the led to drop in prices.
“We have planned to set up cold storage units in different parts of the state and a multi-speciality cold storage here for farmers. Besides, farmers are also being provided compact solar-powered cold storage on subsidy so that it can be easily accessed by them,” he said.
It is to be noted that last month farmers dumped tonnes of tomatoes on roads in Jashpur and Durg districts after getting fed up with the decline in prices of the vegetable.