Lady’s finger price dropped to Rs 2/kg, farmers dump crop

Lady’s finger price dropped to Rs 2/kg, farmers dump crop
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Chennai: Farmers threw their crops by the wayside as the price of venda fell to two rupees per kg. They destroyed about 3000 kg of vendaka by rotting it in the field and feeding it to the cattle. The incident took place in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.

Hundreds of farmers from Pallamada, Pillayarkulam, Rasta and Bharatiyapuram in Tirunelveli and Vellapaneri and surrounding areas in Thoothukudi district were disheartened as they could not bear the loss. The price was shocked when the vendika harvested in the field of Pallamada was loaded on a truck and driven 25 km to Tirunelveli town. “It costs one rupee per kilo just to get the crops from our farm to the market. “In the market, we get one rupee per kilo,” said Shekhar. After knowing the price, he dumped 500 kg of vendika on the roadside. This video is going viral on social media.

Another farmer says that it costs Rs 30,000 to 40,000 per acre to cultivate for 50 days. ‘ I spent Rs 21,000 per acre on hybrid seed. It cost Rs 4500 to plow the field and Rs 2000 for fertilizer. 500 for weed removal. 6,500 for insecticide’, said Palraj. Farmers say there are other costs such as harvesting and loading charges. After all, when it is brought to the market, there is a situation where there is no profit of even 200 rupees.

“Last year, the price of a kilo of fish was 50-60 rupees. Due to lack of rainfall this year, many paddy farmers have switched to vegetable cultivation. Due to this, the production has increased’, say the farmers. Farmers demand that central and state governments should intervene to get fair price for the crops. The beef is sold to wholesalers in Kerala and Tamil Nadu at a rate of Rs 4 per kg. So the traders say that they can pay only two or three rupees to the farmers.

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