Bangladesh: Jashore farmers hit by dropping vegetable prices

Farmers in Jashore, a district famous for its large vegetable production, are in trouble as the prices of their produces have declined sharply for lack of marketing following the virtual lockdown amid the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

Visiting Satmail Bazar in Sharsha upazila, the UNB correspondent found hundreds of vegetables vendors helplessly looking for buyers. This market is known as a hub of various vegetables and these go to different parts of the country, including the capital.

Growers from Boro Hoibatpur village expressed disappointment about the lowered prices. Besides, wholesalers said they are not getting the fair prices vegetables in the capital and other districts for lack of buyers as many people left Dhaka due to general holidays.

Last Wednesday, the government extended holidays till April 11 to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Earlier, a general 10-day holiday was declared from March 26 to April 4. Besides, the movement of buses, trains and vessels has been suspended to curb the spread of the virus.

Bangladesh has so far reported 6 deaths from coronavirus, with 61 confirmed cases.

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