Price of the produce has fallen to Rs. 4,000 a quintal in the wholesale market
The crash in prices of red gram in the wholesale market has brought farmers, and trade and social organisations on one platform, to demand that the State government immediately intervene in the market and procure the produce directly from farmers, paying a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs. 5,000 a quintal.
With the arrival of freshly harvested red gram in the wholesale market, the price of the produce has crashed to Rs. 4,000 a quintal (MSP is Rs. 4,350).
Leaders of various farmers’ organisations and trade and social organisations, including Maruti Manpade, president of the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha; Umakant Nigudgi, president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HKCCI); Basavaraj Ingin, president of the Karnataka State Red Gram Growers’ Association; Arunkumar Patil, president of the Jai Karnataka Rakshana Vedike; B.R. Patil, former Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council, and Mahipal Reddy Munnur, president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, have decided to organise a bandh in Gulbarga district on December 17, if the government did not respond to the farmers’ demands.
At a meeting jointly organised by HKCCI, the Dal Millers’ Association and other organisations here on Thursday, speakers condemned the State government for not intervening in the market.
They said that the Red Gram Development Board, which was constituted to protect the interests of growers and intervene in the market whenever prices crashed, had become inactive.
They said the State was yet to fill the post of the board’s managing director, which had been vacant for several months now.
The speakers also demanded that the Union government immediately ban the import of red gram, which they said was also one of the reasons for the price crash.
Mr. Manpade stated that if the import of red gram was not banned, the Union government should impose an anti-dumping duty on such red gram, to stabilise the prices of the produce in the local market. The meeting unanimously decided to meet Deputy Commissioner Prasanna Kumar here on Friday and apprise him of the situation. They would ask him to write to the government, seeking the release of at least Rs. 100 crore to the Red Gram Development Board and also its intervention in the market to stabilise prices.
On December 10, a delegation of farmers’ representatives, trade and social organisations would meet Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar in Belgaum, during the Assembly session, to press their demands.
The minimum support price is Rs. 4,350 Red Gram Development Board has become inactive, say farmers’ representatives
The minimum support price is Rs. 4,350
Red Gram Development Board has become inactive, say farmers’ representatives