Farmers demand MSP of `15,000 per quintal for turmeric
Sripthi Srinvias Nizamabad: Scores of turmeric farmers staged dharna near the Agriculture Market Yard...
Sripthi Srinvias Nizamabad: Scores of turmeric farmers staged dharna near the Agriculture Market Yard in the town on Tuesday demanding minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 15,000 per quintal. Nizamabad district is the largest producer of turmeric in South Asia. Leaders of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) led the agitation and addressed the farmers at the dharna site. Leaders of various political parties and people's organizations supported the stir. SJM leader Kotapati Narasimha Naidu resented that there was no research centre on improvement of turmeric quality or its cultivation in Nizambad. By setting a research centre in the town, the farmers would be in a position to produce better quality of turmeric and they can also increase their production per acre, Naidu opined. After getting the produce from the field, turmeric is boiled in water suitably and then dried up before transporting the yield to the market yards. In Sangli Market in Maharashtra, farmers are getting an MSP of Rs 11,000 per quintal. But in Nizamabad market, Rs 4,500 to Rs 5,000 is being paid for quintal of turmeric which is highly regrettable, Narasimha Naidu said. Turmeric is grown in about 30,000 acres in the district and on an average a farmer incurs an expenditure of Rs 25,000 per acre to cultivate the variety. As he gets only Rs 5,000 per acre, farmers are incurring a loss of about Rs 20,000 per acre. Last year, farmers were able to get Rs 16,000 per quintal in Nizamabad in closing stage of the season, he said. Narasimha Naidu alleged that Nagesh Reddy who had worked as Agriculture Market Committee chairman for thrice had not done any notable service to the farmers.A The purchases of turmeric at market yards commenced in January and the process of purchasing is nearing completion. TRS leader Vemula Surender Reddy said that the agents (middlemen) at the town market have been cheating the turmeric farmers for the past one year and were not offering reasonable remunerative price to turmeric.A But Market Committee secretary Prabhu maintained that the price of turmeric depends on the international market price and the local office has no role to play in deciding the price.