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Ginger Price: Ginger prices skyrocketed, farmers of Kerala and Karnataka in trouble

Decreasing prices of ginger increased the problems of farmers

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Ginger Farming: Due to the low prices of ginger, clouds of crisis have engulfed the farmers cultivating it in Kerala and Karnataka. Due to higher yield in other states, there has been more supply in the market. While the yield of the farmers of Karnataka has also decreased this time. The fear of sinking capital is haunting the farmers.

Farmers of Maharashtra are troubled by the low price of onion, while ginger in Kerala and KarnatakaGingerThe producing farmers are not getting good price. Usually, ginger is mined in the first week of April itself. Because this is the time when farmers get good prices for ginger. farmers (Farmers) gets the maximum value of his produce at that time. But this time more than 60 percent of the farmers cultivating ginger in Karnataka have not mined ginger. Because this time the prices of ginger have come down sharply. After this, now the farmers are waiting for the price to increase. On Thursday, the farm gate price of ginger in Wayanad was reduced from just Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,100 per bag. A bag contains 60 kg of ginger.

Whereas the price of ginger during the month of April-May of the previous year (Ginger Price) was Rs 2,300 per bag. At the same time, a few years ago, its price had gone up to Rs 8,000 per bag, which inspired many farmers to cultivate ginger. According to The Hindu, Arun Anto, a ginger trader, said that high production and crop-affected diseases, especially bacterial wilt disease affecting mature rhizomes, are the main reasons for the low price of ginger. He also said that apart from this, there has been no demand for produce from North India after the outbreak of the pandemic.

The area under cultivation of ginger has increased

He said that the farmers are hopeful that this year the cultivation of ginger (Ginger Farming) has increased almost three times. The expansion of ginger cultivation areas in other states like Maharashtra and Jharkhand also resulted in higher supply of produce. Navrang Mohanan, general secretary of Kerala Ginger Growers Association, said that the average yield of ginger from one acre is 18 to 20 tonnes.

But due to fungal diseases in many parts of Karnataka this season it has come down to 10 to 12 tonnes. Farmer PV Ilyas says that we were getting an average price of Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 per bag. But the price we got from last September was Rs 850 per bag.

Fear of sinking capital is haunting farmers

KK Mathew, a farmer from Meenangadi, says that he had invested around Rs 60 lakh on the crop on a 10-acre leased land in Sargur, Mysore. But now he is afraid that he will be able to earn even half of the cost done in farming by selling ginger or not.

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The condition of other farmers here is also similar. In addition, the agreements signed between farmers and landlords in many parts of Karnataka will also expire by the end of May. He said that if a farmer wants to keep the rhizome on the land, he has to pay a huge amount as rent after the tenure.

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