Mango farmers turn traders

Mango farmers turn traders
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Highlights

This is definitely a cruelest season for farmers. As the tribulations of the farmers of chilli, paddy, and turmeric are still continued, now it is the turn of mango growers. The mango farmers in the district are now feeling the heat of absence of remunerative price and marketing assistance.

Kurnool: This is definitely a cruelest season for farmers. As the tribulations of the farmers of chilli, paddy, and turmeric are still continued, now it is the turn of mango growers. The mango farmers in the district are now feeling the heat of absence of remunerative price and marketing assistance.

Highlights:

  • Absence of remunerative price and marketing assistance, farmers take the job of selling mangoes
  • Farmers facing difficulty to sell mangoes as they are new to trade

They cannot leave the crop, which was the result of a year-long hard work. Even small traders, who used to buy mangos at the orchid, also turned their backs due to discouraging conditions prevailing in the market. Comparing to last year, farmers of Banaganapalli, Yambai, Dhone, Nandyal, Mahanandi, Bandi Atmakur, Omkaram, Orvakallu and Atmakur areas could reap better yield this time. But in contrary, they crop couldn’t fetch monetary benefits for them.

Caught in a web of confusion, the farmers had to brave themselves to get rid of the situation. They decided to sell the crop of their own. Several farmers took the mangos in baskets and started selling on the Kurnool-Tirupati highway.

“We don’t know what to do. No one come to buy our crop. What else we can do in this situation,” a farmer questioned in a state of confusion. Another helpless farmer said that they are not even hopeful of getting their investment back. “We can’t do anything other than this,” he lamented.

The direct farm-mango sale was hit as buyers swarmed the area. Officials interfered and ordered the farmers to wind up their business immediately. Even police warned the farmers to vacate the place as it is effect the traffic. After the intervention of the public, farmers could get a suitable place at last. But they faced difficulty in selling as they are new to bargaining and other trade-related issues.

By D Harikishan

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