Indore growers have started destroying their potato and onion crops, which had started to rot due to closure of the main mandis.
Farmers’ leader Bablu Jadhav, Narendra Singh said that in Murkheda village, one farmer had to destroy his crop of coriander, while a farmer from Badolihoj village destroyed his muskmelon crop due to the closure of mandis, as he had to prepare the farm for next harvest. Another example was of a grower who had a bumper production of watermelons, but a drop in prices to Rs 5 - 7 per kg was not enough for him even to meet the cost of farming, laborers and transportation.
“Amid Covid-19 crisis, rotting crops, unsold produce and falling incomes have become a major concern for farmers. As restrictions and curfews have halted people’s movement, farmers, due to shortage of buyers and laborers to work in the farms, are forced to dump their produce as they have to prepare the farms for the next crop,” Jadhav told timesofindia.indiatimes.com.