Surveys at the time of the difficulties of the Rajasthan farm


Five months after debts and the low price of his garlic crop led to the death of farmer Hukum Chand Meena in May, his family is in deep distress. After the price of garlic has plummeted to ¥ 5 per kg this year, Meena, 28, has lost all hope of paying off her debts of 25 lakh.

Meena produced 2,500 tons of garlic on 20 bighas, including rented fields, near the village of Brij Nagar, 30 km from Kota. The exceptional harvest has created a glut, leading to falling prices.

After her death, the eldest of her four daughters was sent to her aunt to finish her studies. Others face an uncertain future. His mother, Ramnathi Bai, 60, hopes that Meena's two brothers will look after the family.

The younger brother Anirudh said L & # 39; Hindu that 30 million crowns of loans were contracted via the Kisan credit card. A private bank sent notices on the tractor loan to 5 lakhs. Lenders will knock on the family door after winter.

Mr. Anirudh stated that Meena had been registered with the market intervention system of the Federation of Marketing Cooperatives of the State of Rajasthan, but that his turn to sell the products was taking a lot of time. He sold part of the harvest on the local market to pay the workers, but this only added to the huge losses.

The federation has procured garlic at a market price of intervention of 3,257 ips per 100 kg for a month and a half.

Meena is one of five farmers who died this year in the Hadoti area of ​​southeastern Rajasthan, following heavy losses after cultivating garlic. Agrarian distress has also affected onion, mustard, soybean, urrad and moong growers in the districts of Kota, Baran, Jhalawar and Bundi.

Police and the government denied that farmers' deaths were due to the burden of debt or the loss of crops. Farmers are particularly unhappy with the deputy of Sangod, Heeralal Nagar, who reportedly said the deaths were projected as suicides to demand compensation.

Mr. Anirudh alleged that Mr. Nagar had falsely claimed that he had visited their family to submit their condolences. Nagar was again selected as the Sangp candidate in the party list by the BJP, released Sunday.

As there are very few farmers who qualify for the state government loan exemption only for loans from cooperative banks, farmers' problems are not a solution. Congress said that 92 farmers have committed suicide throughout the state since the BJP took office in 2013. Three of the four dead in the Hadoti region were from Baran district.

Chauth Mal Nagar, an activist-farmer from the village of Bachera, pointed out that although 83% of the land in the Hadoti region is irrigated, farmers suffer from the impossibility of obtaining remunerative prices for their products. , although the cost of inputs is constantly increasing. "There is no shortage of water here. Each year, the Chambal River and its tributaries, Kalisindh, Parvati and Chakan, are in flood. "

Nagar said that while farmers still have not been able to get the correct prices in the open market, the state government did not have a clear policy on buying crops at the price of minimal support and had closed institutions such as the Tilam Sangh and Keshoraipatan Candy. In the absence of any manual support due to "wrong policies", farmers would continue to be the recipients, he said.

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