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Thursday, December 07 2023

Farmer woes during festive season due to varied veggie prices

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Bidar: The vegetable market experienced a sudden spike in prices just a week ago, raising alarms among the public. However, there has been a slight reduction recently, providing some relief to customers.
Currently, there are various festivals due to the ongoing Shravan season. With the decrease in vegetable prices, consumers are showing interest in purchasing a variety of vegetables, including their preferred choice of tomatoes.
Despite the drop in vegetable prices, the farmers who cultivate these vegetables are somewhat disappointed as they are not receiving the expected support prices. Farmers who cultivated a variety of vegetables last month received support and earned substantial income.
Rajkumar, a farmer, expressed his disappointment, saying, “I cultivated tomatoes on one acre of land. A fortnight ago, the prices of brinjals and tomatoes had crossed the Rs 100 per kg mark, raising hopes of good returns. However, the sudden decline in vegetable prices has dashed my expectations.”
“At present, tomato prices have decreased to Rs 30 per kg, and hyacinth beans have dropped from Rs 140 per kg to Rs 40 per kg. Spinach is now priced at Rs 20 per kg, okra at Rs 40 per kg, and brinjal at Rs 50 per kg. While this has pleased consumers, it has become an overwhelming challenge for farmers,” explained Bhadru Bhawara, a farmer.
“Prices of essential items like cooking gas, petrol, diesel, fertilizers, and pesticides used by farmers are steadily rising. However, vegetable prices cultivated by farmers are now on the decline. Farmer Dhanaraj Muthange highlighted that farmers are facing hardships. Vegetable prices are decreasing day by day, and the lack of rain is causing the kharif crops to wither, putting farmers in distress.”

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