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Sudden showers damage 80,000 cotton bales in Warangal

Down-the-drain:The damaged cotton bales at the Enumamula Agricultural Market on Friday.–PHOTO: M. MURALI
Down-the-drain:The damaged cotton bales at the Enumamula Agricultural Market on Friday.–PHOTO: M. MURALI

The sudden showers that lashed the district threw many cotton farmers into distress as nearly 80,000 bales of produce got drenched at the Enumamula Agricultural Market here on Friday. Hundreds of farmers who brought their cotton to sell at the market have been waiting for the officials to procure it. However, the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) officials stopped the procurement from Friday. They declared that they would not be able to procure for the next 15 days as the arrivals were huge and they were unable to cope up. The chilli farmers suffered heavy loss as nearly 10,000 bags were drenched in the showers.

For the traders, it was a blessing in disguise as they were offering lesser price than the Minimum Support Price.

Following protests by the farmers, the traders came forward to buy cotton less than the MSP of Rs. 3,900 and the chilli less than the MSP of Rs. 7,000 a quintal.

The CCI officials expressed their inability to procure the entire cotton that has been arriving at the market. They say that there was no space at the ginning mills to stock the produce.

Agricultural Market secretary Srinivas urged the farmers not to rush to the market and instead bring their produce in a phased manner. During the past three days, cotton arrival was heavy. “There are one lakh bags of cotton on Thursday of which the CCI could procure half of it. The stocks got piled up with farmers arriving with their produce. The sudden showers damaged both cotton and chilli,” he explained.

Much to the relief of the farmers, the traders came forward to buy the produce though at lesser price.


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