Prices crash in Madhya Pradesh

Distressed Indian farmers feed bananas to animals

Just like the onion, tomato, garlic and cabbage growers, now the banana cultivators of Madhya Pradesh are throwing away their produce due to plummeting prices. Banana farmers in the Badwani district -the largest producer of bananas- are feeding animals with freshly picked bananas after prices dropped as low as Rs 500 per ton (€6.28) on Thursday.

"The costs to produce 1 ton of bananas is close to Rs 8000 (€100). Traders are offering Rs 500 per 1 ton-truck load, whereas the labour cost for loading and unloading the trolley is already more than that. Therefore, it is better to feed the bananas to the cows rather than trading with the wholesaler," said a banana grower who fed his entire produce to the animals.

Farmers are alleging that the traders and middle men are conspiring against farmers; bringing down the prices in peak season. Banana growers have been demanding minimum support prices for their produce for a long time in Madhya Pradesh, but according to indiatoday.in, the government has so far chosen to ignore them.

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