By admin       2017-10-25

Nagpur: Just like the cotton farmers, the soyabean cultivators taking their produce to market, too, are finding private traders offering low prices. Cotton and soyabean are the two main cash crops of the region and the already distressed farmers of Vidarbha are now disheartened by the low rates prevailing in open market. To add to their woes, the government-run procurement centres for cotton and soyabean have not yet started and may not open for next two weeks as the state government seems to finalize arrangements with the central agencies like the Cotton Corporation of India and NAFED which procures soyabean. While soya MSP is Rs3,050 a quintal, traders are buying at Rs2,300. "I felt cheated and duped," said Shrikant Deshpande, a farmers from Mangrul Dastgir in Amravati district, who had to sell soyabean at Rs2,300 a quintal. He had grown soyabean in 10 acres and got a harvest of 60 quintals. "Farmers like me who need cash at this festive season have no escape from the private traders tricks," lamented Deshpande. He dispatched 30 quintals of soyabean through his worker to Amravati APMC. "I incurred transportation charges of Rs3,000 on it and my man said that the traders paid at the rate of Rs2,300, much below the MSP. We have bore the losses for the government's failure to open the procurement centres in time," the farmer said.

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