India: Huge losses in kinnow acreage in Punjab

With kinnows yielding huge losses for farmers over the past five years, there has been a 16% decline in the cultivation area of the crop to 43,000 hectare for this season over last year’s 51,000 hectare. Farmers have been uprooting the crop to cut their losses. The crop’s share in the area under fruit cultivation has also dropped.

The losses have resulted due to surplus production, lack of proper markets and the state government’s inability to export the fruit. Another major reason has been the static price realisation for the farmer at between 10 and 12 rupees (0.13-0.15 euros) per kg, when the input cost has almost doubled over the past 10 years to 25,000-30,000 rupees (315-380 euros)per acre.

The kinnow crop is harvested during December-January, which is also the time when oranges hit the market. It naturally results in a citrus glut, translating into poor realisations for farmers.

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