July 14, 2024


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Vegetable prices decline in Maharashtra

Irrespective of farming remaining excluded from lockdown, vegetable farmers in Maharashtra are suffering heavy losses because of selling price crash in wholesale markets. Costs of veggies this kind of tomato, environmentally friendly capsicum and okra have bottomed out, with up to eighty for each cent decrease in some areas.

Farmers are also cautious of using their goods to APMC markets for panic of contracting Covid-19.

Selling at minimal selling prices

There is massive-scale cultivation of veggies in the Mumbai, Pune and Nashik belt, which is also acknowledged as the golden triangle. In the past number of many years, accessibility to drinking water, fertile land and a very good community of streets ensured economic prosperity even among the compact-scale framers in this triangle.

Now the farmers are forced to market a 20-kg crate of tomatoes for ₹70, which was ₹200 before the lockdown.

Vegetable farmer Yogesh Chavanke from Sinnar taluka in the Nashik district instructed BusinessLine that he has one acre of fertile land with typical accessibility to drinking water. Before the lockdown, he was marketing his crop of okra at ₹250/for each ten kg, but today the similar amount is not acquiring even ₹40.

Chavanke pointed out that he and other farmers are unable to merely load their goods in a truck and market it openly in a buyer market this kind of as Mumbai because local goons desire security income.

Chavanke reported Nashik district by itself utilized to be a very good market as tourists from Mumbai and Pune thronged locations this kind of as Igatpuri and Deolali for relaxation and recreation, and Trimbakeshwar for pilgrimage. But, with the lockdown, desire has vanished.

Framer Ananad Patil from Nashik reported tomatoes from his farm are fetching ₹70 for 20 kg, which was ₹200 before the lockdown. In Nashik and Igatpuri, there was also very good desire for veggies from compact eateries and compact stalls marketing Chinese food stuff but that source of revenue has also dried up.

Uncertainties more than reduction deal

Patil questioned no matter if farmers would definitely get any share from the ₹20-lakh crore reduction deal announced by the Centre.

The Basic Secretary (Maharashtra) of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Ajit Navale, reported that the lockdown started out in March when the rabi harvest was more than, as a result, it has not impacted the grains and pulses farmers. But compact vegetable farmers with considerably less than five acres of landholding are trapped with rabi crops, as there are no takers in the market.

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