Farmers’ strike hits supply of fresh veggies, goods in mandis

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jun 2018 11:09:36



Staff Reporter

Ongoing farmers’ strike has started showing impact on the inflow of fresh vegetables and perishable goods in mandis. The prices of vegetables have witnessed rise upto 30 per cent in last two days. Traders in mandi believe that due to surging temperature and impact of strike in adjoining states, the supply got affected due to which prices are rising. Ongoing farmers’ strike entered Day 3 and started showing impact on the sabji mandi. The inflow of vegetables, especially tomato, potato, onion and other green vegetables that are being brought in market from adjoining districts and states started observing shortage in supply in the market. Owing to the available stock with the stockist, the supply has been maintained, but the heat of strike in form of storage would start showing in coming days. According to the sources, in Krishi Upaj Mandi, Jabalpur and Sabji Mandi, Padao, the transactions were normal and the market does not have any shortage of any vegetable.

Deshraj, a wholesale vegetable supplier and dealer in Jabalpur Sabji Mandi, opined that in Jabalpur and even in adjoining mandis of development block, no report of farmers’ support of the strike has come to fore yet.
The functioning in mandi has been slightly affected due to inflow of stock of vegetables from some adjoining states, while local turnout of farmers remained the same.
However, following climatic conditions and soaring temperatures in the region, the production faces slight hit in past fortnight and due to which slight impact in fresh green vegetables seems affected but it is normal for the Jabalpur mandi.

Simultaneously, the farmers have not paid attention on the ongoing circumstances, where, on one side, the farmers were facing impact of climate change. In previous fortnight, since previous month, the vegetable prices were stable, but in present week, the production of vegetables seems to have fallen due to slow reaping. The wholesale rate list of vegetables shows a slight rise in vegetable prices. In this, tomato is being sold at the rate of Rs 300 to Rs 350 per crate, while lady finger is between 400 to 500 per 40 kg, spinach ranges between Rs 500 to Rs 600 per 40 kilogram, bean (Barbatti) between Rs 500 to Rs 650 per 40 kg, bitter gourd is between Rs 700 to Rs 800 per 40 kg and coriander ranges between Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,200 and green chilly has surged to Rs 800 to Rs 1000 per 40 kg. In retail market, the prices witnessed slight rise following the news of shortage and in some vegetable markets in the city, the purchase of vegetables, especially potato, onion and vegetables having more shelf life were purchased by the customers. Rumours of shortage of vegetables and price rise in the region following farmers strike is prevailing.