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Turmeric farmers demand Government purchase centres

Turmeric farmers demand  Government purchase centres
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This year, turmeric is harvested around 8,700 hectares all over the district.Since the weather is favorable and the land is suitable for cultivating...

Nirmal: As Nirmal district is well known as the land of farmers, these lands are suitable to raise any kind of crops. Around 70 percent of people of district survive by practicing agriculture this year many farmers have decided to take up cultivation of turmeric than other crops.

This year, turmeric is harvested around 8,700 hectares all over the district.Since the weather is favorable and the land is suitable for cultivating turmeric, farmers expressed their happiness over the good growth of turmeric.

However, they were disappointed was the non-availability of markets to sell their product as they were expecting a good yield this year. Farmers are extremely worried about marketing their produce.

They have to approach the neighbouring district Nizamabad or the neighbouring State Maharashtra to sell their produce which incurs additional burden and waste of time.

They urged the government to establish turmeric purchase centres in the district headquarters as it reduces their problem of transportation. In this connection, they also organized protests. Farmers get benefit if purchase centres are set up in Nirmal.

If everything goes well for the farmers, they would get 25 to 30 quintals per year. If by any misfortune, the crop gets infested with diseases, the yield would be reduced to 20 to 25 quintals.

The present market price for a quintal is Rs. 4700 to 4900 even if they get average yield 20 quintals per acre, the average amount they get is Rs, 98,000.

The problem of non-availability of purchasing centre adds more difficult to turmeric farmers. Speaking to The Hans India here on Monday, Mahesh (Mayapur (Dilwarpur) said that purchase centres should be set up at Nirmal.

Another farmer Shivaji Patil from Kubeer said that the transport costs should be reduced.Another farmer A Santosh said, “ As we are going to Maharashtra for selling our produce burdens transport cost.

Sometimes have to stay there for 4 or 5 days daily expenditure is around Rs 300 to Rs400 daily and we have to stay away from our families, he added.

Sathyapu Srinivas Reddy

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