Several tobacco farmers in Periyapatna are up in arms in opposition to the authorities for the poor response from merchants to their produce. Accusing the Tobacco Board of failing to return to their rescue, farmers have been disrupting proceedings on the auction platform in Periyapatna for the previous three days.
Not solely did they complain of poor response from merchants, the farmers alleged that the worth provided for his or her produce has remained the identical for the previous 4 or 5 years whereas the price of different items and providers has been elevated steadily.
A piece of the farmers skilled their weapons on Pratap Simha, MP for Mysuru, for his failure to reply to their difficulties regardless of making tall guarantees of standing by them in the course of the elections.
Sources in the Tobacco Board, nevertheless, mentioned most tobacco farmers have been receiving higher costs for his or her produce this 12 months in comparability to the final. But the farmers whose produce falls in the decrease grade are getting a uncooked deal. The amount of tobacco falling in decrease grade has elevated this 12 months on account of heavy rainfall and floods. Tobacco grown alongside the banks of Lakshmanthirta and different tributaries of the Cauvery in totally different components of Periyapatna and Hunsur taluks fell into decrease grade.
Lower grade tobacco used to account for roughly 30% of the entire output yearly. This 12 months, the quantum has elevated by Three-Four million kg. “There have been no buyers for some qualities of lower grade tobacco, particularly after traders shifted to the auctions at Guntur in the neighbouring State of Andhra Pradesh,” a supply in the board confirmed.
A Tobacco Board official mentioned that although farmers have been suggested to steer clear of the auction platforms until the state of affairs improved, they have been unwilling to take heed of the recommendation.
The farmers, in the meantime, are anxious to eliminate their produce because the board plans to wind up auctions by the final week of December. They started in the second week of September.
However, board officers are assured that all the tobacco might be auctioned off, for the entire output this 12 months had fallen from the sanctioned crop measurement of 100 million kg to about 90 million kg on account of rains and floods.
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