Kendrapara, Dec 8 (LocalWire) Huge harvest of vegetables in Kendrapara and nearby areas has brought down their prices, reports said on Friday.
However, while consumers are happy with the fall in vegetable prices, farmers are quite disappointed.
From Rs. 50 per kilogram, price of cabbage has dipped to Rs. 20 a kg. And this is just an example. Many vegetables are being sold at an all-time low of the year.
“Large numbers of farmers grew huge quantities of vegetables at the riverside villages; as a result the prices fell in the market,” said Patttamundai vegetable farmer Bhagyadhar Rout.
Farmers at the vegetable market in Kendrapara said brinjals are now being sold at Rs. 10 versus Rs, 25 a kg four months back.
Sarat Sahoo a vegetable seller of Kendrapada, said pumpkin, which was selling at Rs 30 per kilogram two months back, now cost Rs. 15 per kg.
“Due to this price crash, we are now worried how to yield returns on our investment,” said Bhaskar Jena (45), a vegetable grower of Bharatapur village of Kendrapara district.
“The recent fall in vegetable prices has broken our backbones as production costs, including high fertilizer and irrigation costs, need to be covered,” said Bijaya Parida, a farmers’ leader of Kendrapara district.
“The cost of one kilo cauliflower was Rs. 25 two months back. But it costs Rs 10 per kg. Similarly, radish price has gone down to Rs. 5 a kg from Rs. 15 a kg in October,” said Mahendra Das of Patkura.
However, consumers seem to be very happy.
“The prices of many vegetables had crashed as much as by 50 per cent, compared with those two months back , thanks to an increased supply following the arrival of winter crops in the markets. We are extremely happy,” said Manoj Pradhan, a school teacher of Kendrapada.
“Many vegetable traders from Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and others areas have been taking vegetables from our areas. They purchase vegetables at a lower price. But in cities and big malls they sell the vegetables at higher price. Middlemen exploitation is rampant in vegetable trade,” said Manas Behera, a vegetable grower of Patkura.
Due to non-availability of cold-storage in the district and non- construction of any food processing plant, hundreds of farmers are being forced to sell vegetables at lower prices as they cannot preserve their products, said Gayadhar Dhal, secretary of the district unit of Krusaka Sabha.