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    Let the government give rights to farmers to sell their produce directly without middlemen.

    While many departments in government are well organised and even improvements are attempted, the agriculture department in centre or the state could not do any formidable progress. Every time we hear and see the farmers expressing their displeasure over MSP on their produce and many a time vegetable farmers dump the produce on the roads for not getting even the cost of produce. So to get rid of this , the market yard must be handed over to the local farmers who must form their own marketing committees and decide to price for the produce and sell without middlemen. Any takers ?
  • #631355
    Actually, the Rythu Bazaar concept brought in by the then Chief Minister of United Andhra Pradesh Mr Chandra Babu Naidu is with the concept of the direct farmer to the consumer. Even today in Telangana and AP these markets are held in different areas and on different days. In our area, this market will be there on every Saturday. This is giving some relief to farmers as well as the customers.
    But for important crops like paddy, Mirchi, wheat and other similar products this system is not there. The middlemen will purchase the product when the price is low and store it. Once there is a scarcity of the product he will increase the price and sell. The farmers are not able to store as they don't have proper storing facilities.
    To avoid this problem the government should construct godowns and give them on rent to the farmers so that they need not sell it to the middlemen. Otherwise, the minimum rate should be fixed in such a way that the farmer will get sufficient margins.

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  • #631356
    As far as I know even at present there is no bar as such in farmers selling their produce directly to the buyers without any middleman. As a matter of fact the government systems were introduced to eliminate the role of middlemen and thus help the farmers.

    Agricultural farming in India is not new. It is as old as the hills. The farmers survived the era of foreign rulers also as there was demand of their produce at all times because humans require food irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or nationality.

    The main problem of farmers these days is the smaller size of their land holdings as the land got divided with growth of population. Also, the younger generation of farmers families are not interested in doing hard work in agricultural fields. They want mostly government jobs so that they can earn without much hard work and enjoy modern life style of cities.

    The farmers cannot sell directly to households who buy in retail. Instead they have to sell to the wholesalers in any case. What we buy at the rate of Rs.10 per kg in the retail market, the farmer may be getting Rs. 3-4 per kg or even less for the same produce.

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  • #631370
    Farmers and producers are normally ready to sell directly to consumers and not particular about middleman. But middlemen for their earnings they establish themselves as important for sales.

  • #631374
    The day before yesterday, I happen to meet one guy in a village in Pune. He helps his dad in farming and is trying to get a fair price for their produce by negotiating with the middlemen/agents. I could see in him the disappointment of not getting a fair price. The farmers are paid much less than what the middlemen are charging from the consumer. Excluding the production, packing and transport costs, these farmers are only able to make 3,000/4,000 per month, which is meager as compared to the efforts put in.

    My advice to him was to get rid of the middlemen. I told him to connect with other farmers in the area and together they can set up their own marker and call it "Shetkari Bazaar"/"Farmer's Market". This would allow them to set a reasonable price for their products. Also, since middlemen are not involved here, whatever profit they make will be their own undertaking. Now, this is where the Government comes in. The Government can help these group of farmers to set up their own marketplace in each area based on the population. The same process can be followed in all over India, thus removing the dependency of the farmers on the middlemen. These way the farmers will be get benefitted.

  • #631482
    It is a good idea but the cartel of middlemen would be so powerful that the poor farmers cannot carry out selling directly for a long period of time. In our locality, we have a weekly farmer's market wherein regular people buy stuff that is good and much cheaper. We have even encouraged a couple of vendors from the nearby village to bring country eggs and sell it in the flats.The quality and taste are totally different. Although not much, we feel happy that at least a couple of people are directly getting the money for their hard work.

    Every year we hear about onion prices shooting up, while the middlemen hoard it and sell it later on. The Government has intervened in many sectors to ensure fairness, I think, its high time it ensures that the farmers also get their dues. If the government takes steps to eliminate the middleman, I don't think the farmer loan waiver would be as huge as it is now. Once a state or few districts start, then the nation can adopt it quickly.

  • #631495
    The farmer need not bring the produce to market at all. Let him sell the same at the fields itself.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #631502
    Farmers will be happy to sell their products directly in the retail market but the difficult part is to manage the transportation and delivery system. Due to this they depend on the mercy of middlemen and wholesalers.

    If Govt sets up a department for the same then the Govt will have to stock all the production in warehouses till it is sold in market and that itself is a herculean task as we have already seen the plight of food corporation of India (FCI) which has huge warehouses but a lot of wastage and ill management has marred them.

    With this pessimistic situation the younger generation is also migrating to town and cities for petty jobs and the agricultural set up of the country is deteriorating further.

    We are at our wits end to find a solution to this gigantic problem.

    Knowledge is power.

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