To control the vegetable rising prices
2. Farmers provide motivation and moral support to the soldiers of their village serving in defence to fight and finish the enemy and take care of their families.
3. PM has congratulated farmers of our nation for their contribution during the pandemic.
4. Cause of increase in the prices of vegetables and the low return to the farmers, being associated with them visited various mandis, interacted with people and points observed are:-
(a) 80% of farmers prefer to sell perishables in local markets.
(b) There are no checks and control on the prices by MC officials under States/UTs due to corrupt officials who have given free hand to the profiteers to loot the farmers and consumers.
© Farmers bear the high input cost of their produce and transportation to bring their produce from far away to cities, here it is Chandigarh market. They sell bottle gourd @ Rs 8-12 and Pumpkin @Rs 6-8 (common men’s veggie) and HP tomatoes @ Rs 25-30.
(d) After an hour the price jumps more than 200% for local produce and the consumers pay Rs 40-45 for bottle gourd, Rs 30-35 for pumpkin, and Rs 70-80 for tomatoes.
(e) MC does not allot space and allow farmers to sell their produce direct to consumers in cities.
(f) MC officials ignore the farmers as they are not vote bank in their capital city governed by bureaucrats being a UT.
(g) Farmers do not pay the bribe to officials.
(h) Both farmers and consumers being adversely affected due to various reasons like political patronage.
(5) Include small and landless poor farmers from neighboring areas in the vendor act.
(6) MCs should facilitate direct selling platform to fruit and veggie farmers and allow them to sell directly to consumers as a vendor in non-metro cities. This will help farmers get better prices for their produce, contain inflation, benefit the consumers, and also weed out corruption.
(7) Even city vendors prefer to buy veggies direct from the farmers being low in prices and farmers give them on credit. It is farmer’s vendors bonding that farmers do not charge in case veggies got rotten or spoiled.
(8) Members should bring the reality of the farmers and farm laborers in their areas in light for consideration by the Centre so that they get a better price for their produce and not being exploited by the politicians for political gains.
(9) Local Circle manager must give weightage to members voting from rural areas or have a rural background to conduct surveys on the rural economy, rising fruit and vegetable prices and other rural areas related issues. more
When I visited India in 2018, my sister invited me for lunch. At the time I went to her house, a street vegetable vendor, Lakshmi, came with a huge basket on her head and three bags filled with something. As she eased her burdens on the floor, I recognized they were vegetables. I then realized freshness is not just in the taste, even by looks one can "feel" the freshness. She had neatly packed vegetables, selling any vegetable she had for Rs.10 a bag. I was amazed that she was able to sell the vegetables at that price. No weighing, nothing, just Rs.10 per bag. The quantities in each bag were enough for a family of four. I immediately bought about 4 bags for each of my four siblings living in Chennai. I struck up a conversation with Lakshmi. She was picking the vegetables from a garden, washing and packing them up, taking a train to travel roughly 60 kilometers, taking a bus to the locality where my sister lives. I asked her if I can lift the basket on my head, just to see how heavy. My could not stand the weight. And I lifted the bags and slung them over my two shoulders, very similar to how she brought them. I donated Rs.100.
A few days later, I asked my sister about Lakshmi. She informed me that Lakshmi had stopped selling in Chennai because some DMK/ADMK goondas threatened her life if she ever sold vegetables again in Chennai.
I keep asking my sister if Lakshmi has returned to selling vegetables, but the answer has thus far been a "no". more
They can create artificial shortage situation and fix the price. Ultimately end-consumers have to bear the brunt of this merciless onslaught.
Since these hoarders fund political parties, looks like they are free to operate the way they want.
Agriculture is the backbone of India but not FARMERS, that's what our rulers are thinking.
There is still a practice among a sect of South Indians to give up something (generally a vegetable/fruit) so dear to them after their visit to Kashi, but nowadays a visit to nearby vegetable/fruit shop is enough to fulfill their wishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Should APMC continue?????????? more
APMCs must Fix the Prices of Foodgrains Vegitables Fruits SUBJECTING TO * FARMER SELLING PRICE + TRANSPORT COST + 20% PROFIT AT EACH TOWN/CITY MARKETS ) . This system only serve the Purpose of JUSTICE FOR ALL . more