Berhampur, Feb 1 (LocalWire) Vegetable growers in Ganjam district are worrying over declining prices of several crops.
Prices of cauliflower and cabbage dropped to Rs 5 to Rs 6 per kilo depending on the quality.
Prices of other vegetables like brinjal, tomato and onion also dropped to an all-time low.
Farmers in the district alleged they are forced to sell their products at a distress sell as there is no preservation facility.
“We are forced to sell our produce at distress rate as there is no cold storage facility in the district to preserve perishable vegetables like tomato, cauliflower and cabbage,” said Burupada farmer Nabaghana Barika.
Barika grew cabbage in two acres of land with high hopes. But now he is worried as he could not recover even the invested amount.
Farmers have grown various vegetables, mostly cauliflower, cabbage, tomato, brinjal and chili, in about 1.50 lakh hectares across the district.
“Farmers are selling their product at distress rate because of the excess production in a particular period,” said Simanchal Patnaik, a retired agriculture officer.
He said the farmers should adopt crop diversification method to grow vegetables that are in demand to fetch more revenue.
Presently, in Ganjam, there is no operational cold storage facility, despite the district being included under the National Horticulture Mission (NHM) scheme.
The cold storage facilities set up under the cooperative sector remain defunct.
“We are encouraging the farmers to establish low energy cool chamber in their respective areas to preserve the vegetables for at least four days,” said deputy director of horticulture Diganbara Panda.
“The chamber can be established under the National Horticulture Mission (NHM) and they can get 50% subsidy on the total cost of the project,” he said.