Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: Farmers protest in Mandsaur in Madhaya Pradesh signifies the flip side of a bumper crop.
But Madhaya Pradesh is not the only state battling falling prices of farm products. Here is a low down in what is happening in different states.
West Bengal: Paddy and Potato
The whole sale price of paddy and potato are badly affected in West Bengal, while the chief minister Mamta Banerjee blamed demonetisation along with high production of potato in the state, for the price crash. Veteran peasant leader and CPI (M) politburo member, Hannan Mollah sadi the whole sale price of paddy is hovering between Rs 1,100 and Rs 1,300 per quintal as against the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 1,600 per quintal.
In Karnataka, Tur dal is the worst hit. "Area under cultivation has increased because farmer wanted to cash in on the rise in price of pulses. This had led to a guilt in the state," said Prakash Kammaradi, chairman of th Karnataka Agricultural Prices Commission.
Telangana, Andhra Pradesh: Red Chilli
Red chilli have plunged across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Red chilli now sells at Rs 4,000 to Rs 6,000 per quintal, down from Rs 12,000 a quintal.
Uttar Pradesh: Arhar dal
The bumper Rab crop in UP has led to fail prices of commodities. "Arhar (yellow dal) that sold for Rs 65 per kg is now Rs 60 per kg.," said Alok Bansal, a grain wholesaler.
Prices of pulses and vegetables have crashed and are being sold at lower than the MSP. "As against MSP of Rs 3,950 per quintal, sunflower is being sold at about Rs 2,800" said Rakesh Banis, BKU spokesperson.
Bihar: Moong Dal
In Bihar, "Against MSP of Rs 5,200 for moong dal, farmers were selling it for Rs 4,000 per quintal," said secretary of the Patna division of the Bihar Rajya Khadyan Vyavsayi Sangh.