Slump in vegetable prices hits farmers

The price of carrot which hovered at Rs 25 to Rs 30 per kg have nosedived to Rs 5 to Rs 8 per kg in the recent days. It is the grouse of the farmers they cannot recover even their investment at the prevailing market price. Carrot was grown on large-scale following the surge in prices with irrigation from borewells. The yield declined significantly owing to adverse climate condition and pest attack.

The fate of potato, considered to be capital-intensive crop is also no better. The prices have headed southwards from Rs 20-24 per kg to Rs 8 - 10 per kg. The yield is affected by blight disease.

While the decrease in prices have brought a sigh of relief for the consumers, the grower is feeling the heat. There has been a considerable decline in the prices of cabbage, beans and other vegetables as well. Producers have a thin margin of profit in the market system dominated by middlemen. In the absence of a well-structured market mechanism, farmers always stand at the receiving end.

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