December 2, 2021, 9:07 am
Amirul Kabir Suzan, Mithapukur (Rangpur): Mithapukur upazila in the northern district of Rangpur has a reputation for producing various types of vegetables. But under the influence of Corona, the dreams of the farmers have been shattered. Farmers are not getting good yields. According to the agriculture office, vegetables have been cultivated in 2,080 hectares of land in Mithapukur upazila this season. But the different types of vegetables produced by the farmers have to be sold at half the price than before. Last time, the Upazila Agriculture Office took initiative to market vegetables during the lockdown. However, no action has been taken in the ongoing lockdown this time. As a result, the farmers have become hostages to the wholesalers. Locals are advised to monitor the market under the management of Upazila Agriculture Office.
On Thursday morning, it was seen on the spot that workers were filling Kakratul, Begun, Karla and Patal plastic carats at Swapanmor in Ranipukur Union of Mithapukur Upazila. From here 6 to 7 trucks of vegetables go to different places of the country every day. 10 to 12 wholesalers sell these produced vegetables. These vegetables are purchased from farmers’ lands and sent to different parts of the country including Dhaka, Barisal, Jessore and Khulna. Every night the wholesalers pay the price of the farmers’ vegetables in the local market. Every morning the wholesaler collects the vegetables produced by the farmer from the land. But they are not talking about any price. Farmers have to pay the price fixed by the local wholesalers when giving money at night.
Kamruzzaman, a farmer from Paikan village in the upazila, said, “I have planted Kakrul on 30 acres of land.” At the beginning of the season, I got a price of 40 to 45 rupees per kg. Then 30 to 32 tk, now I am getting 10 to 12 tk from last 4/5 weeks. If it continues like this, you will have to sit on the road with your family.
Aynal Mia of Tajnagar village said, “I am cultivating at the expense of money. I got a good price a few days ago. Now it has to be sold at the price of water. Wholesalers are talking about lockdowns. We have to sell at the price we get without any way. No one looks at us, father.
Another farmer Sadeq Ali said, “I am planting cockroaches on 1 bigha of land at a cost of 30 to 35 thousand Taka.” In addition, you have to pay Rs. I hoped to get a good price. But there is no price. Our dream has been shattered. I do not understand what will happen now.
Moshiar Rahman, a raw material trader from Nayapara village, said, “We collect raw materials from farmers and send them to different parts of the country including Dhaka and Khulna.” We are getting lower prices in the ongoing lockdown. So farmers are getting lower prices than before. However, the situation may not be like that.
Upazila Agriculture Officer agriculturist Md Anwar Hossain said traders have been contacted for transportation of raw materials. We are ready for their overall cooperation. The next step will be taken after discussing the issue of market monitoring with the higher authorities. But farmers can contact us on any issue.