Recently , I found that cabbage was selling dirt cheap 10 Rs per 3 KG . When I inquired with the vendor , he told that there was plenty of supply and market has crashed from Rs 40 per KG to this in a day’s time . Previous day there was no cabbage available in the market . If you follow the market , you can see such things happening for tomato , onion , potato or any other vegetable often . . Many times , farmers through away their produce on the roadside for nothing . No wonder many farmers resort to suicide , unable to bear cost , loan , interest and transportation .
It is the same case with farmers of sugar cane also . Only difference is that the ritual is annual and the buyers are sugar factories instead of APMC markets .
A farmer told me that market / sugar factories cheat them . When they grow cabbage , cabbage prices crash . If they grow tomato , tomatoes. Always they are left in lurch . Why it happens ?
Sat , today . cabbage prices have crashed and beans are in premium . All farmers stop sowing cabbages in their village and start sowing beans . So , next time , every farmer has grown beans and no cabbage available in the market . When they reap them also on the same day , inevitable crash happens . At that time , cabbage will be in premium as no cabbage will be available in the market .
Seeing the plight of the farmers , I just thought what could be the reason for their plight and is there any solution for that ? Is market to be blamed for their plight or any thing farmers them selves can do to remedy ? I jus t jotted down some of the points :
1. All farmers sow the same crop simultaneously
2. Their entire farm is sowed with one most profitable crop.
3. Entire produce is harvested on the same day and transported together to the market , to save transportation cost .
4 . Entire produce is sold in the same market .
Result is crash of market price and poor recovery .
Further most of the cost of production is met by loans only and under recoveries result in carrying over loan and interest burden for the coming seasons . Ultimately farmers live a life of poverty and deprivation ,in spite of good yield . One can imagine their position when there is famine .
Can anything can be done to change their lives ? Just some simple steps may change their lives .
1. Not to sow more than 25 % of their land with a single crop .
2. Spread the crop to four sowing days with at least a week’s gap
3. Improve the yield by improving the techniques .
4. If different markets can be explored ?
So markets will also not have a boom and famine of any one particular crop and prices will be steady with steady income for farmers .
IF ONLY SOME PLANNING HAD GONE IN ?
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