Markfed, Nafed asked to prevent fall in chilli prices

HYDERABAD, MARCH. 3. In the wake of violent protests by farmers in Guntur, Warangal and Mahabubnagar, the State Government has set in motion a series of measures to restore the confidence of chilli farmers.

It has asked the AP Markfed and Nafed jointly to intervene in the market and prevent the fall in chilli prices and appealed to the farmers not to resort to distress sales. Markfed has been asked to buy Fair Average Quality (FAQ) chillies at a price of not less than Rs. 2,700.

The Commissioner of Marketing visited the agricultural market yard at Warangal and initiated steps to activate the Rythu Bandhu Pathakam so that farmers could deposit their stocks and get interest-free loans.

An official press release said these steps had resulted in visible improvement in the prices. The ruling prices of chillies in market yards of Guntur and Warangal today were as follows: Guntur - Wonder Hot Rs. 3000, Sannalu Rs. 2600 - 2800 and hybrid varieties Rs. 2200-2500; Warangal - Desi Tomato Rs. 3600 - 5600, Wonder hot Rs. 1900-3500 and GT (Sannalu) Rs. 1900-2700. The total arrivals in these markets were 60,000 and 4,000 bags respectively.