Growers in Karnataka's Hassan, Kodagu and Chickamagaluru districts are facing tough times now the ginger prices have dropped substantially. While untimely rains have caused huge losses to the coffee growers in the three districts in the Malnad region, falling ginger prices have worsened the situation of the farmers.
By the end of October-November, the price of ginger was around Rs2500-3000 but it has dropped to Rs700-800 per 60 kg.
Many farmers in these districts started growing ginger in place of paddy, vegetables and areca nuts expecting to get better prices for their produce, but the drop in ginger prices has forced them to let their crop rot in the fields.
[ Rs100 = €1.10 ]
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