Vegetable farmers complain of sustaining losses
Vegetable farmers are complaining of sustaining losses, for want of traders buying them at higher prices. They complain of inability to recover the production costs. On the other hand, traders from neighbouring Maharashtra daily purchase vegetables produced in Vikarabad and adjoining areas and sell them at exorbitant prices in Sedem and Chitapuram.
Vikarabad: Vegetable farmers are complaining of sustaining losses, for want of traders buying them at higher prices. They complain of inability to recover the production costs. On the other hand, traders from neighbouring Maharashtra daily purchase vegetables produced in Vikarabad and adjoining areas and sell them at exorbitant prices in Sedem and Chitapuram.
Though the vegetable prices in Hyderabad are good, there is none to buy the vegetables here and sell them in Hyderabad. Therefore, the farmers are forced to sell the vegetables in neighbouring markets. However, the prices of vegetables in Vikarabad are comparatively less. The fluctuation in prices is not more than Rs 5 per kg.
In the adjoining areas of Vikarabad, coccina, ridge guard, carrot, lady finger, brinjal, capsicum, broad beans, amarantus (thotakura), red sorrel (chukkakura) and sorrel (gongura) are produced. Farmers bring the vegetables and green vegetables to the weekly shandy taking place in the town on Sundays. The farmers produce vegetables and green and leafy vegetables in two, three, quarter and half acres.
Retail prices of vegetables are as follows (per kg): Tomato—Rs 20 (three days ago it was sold at the rate of Rs 10 or Rs 15 a kg), brinjal- Rs 15, lady finger- Rs 25, green chillies—Rs 30, bitter gourd – Rs 30, cabbage-Rs 10, carrot-Rs 20, cauliflower-Rs 10, coccina-Rs 25, cluster beans – Rs 30, beetroot-Rs 30, potato-Rs 25 and onions-Rs 12.
These are the notified prices of vegetables by the agriculture market officials. However, the farmers are actually selling them at a lesser price. Green and leafy vegetables are being sold at 10 bunches for Rs 10.
A farmer raised tomato in one and half acres of land spending Rs 30,000. The prevailing prices cause him a loss to the tune of Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000. The condition of the other farmers is more or less the same.
Traders from Maharashtra purchase vegetables from Vikarabad and send them to sedem and Chitapuram by daily by the Vikarabad-Gulbarga passenger to sell them at twice or thrice the price of the vegetables.
The farmers here are sending vegetables to Vikarabad and Sankarapally markets and sometimes to Hyderabad market. In fact, there is no trader to export the vegetables to Monda market and Mehdipatnam markets in Hyderabad.