The Plight of Farmers in Ganjam, Odisha
Gokul, an SBI #YouthforIndia fellow currently stationed in Ganjam, Odisha, sheds light on the challenges faced by the agrarian communities in the region. According to him, the farmers who cultivate mango and cashew in the area sell their produce at a measly Rs 10 per kg, despite the market price being above Rs 25 per kg. This disparity in prices is just one of the many issues that farmers across the country are facing today.
Exploitation of Farmers and the Role of Consumers
Agrarian communities work tirelessly to grow crops for their livelihood as well as for consumers. However, their collective efforts often go unpaid or are undervalued. The situation is no different in Odisha, where producers are unable to fetch better prices due to the isolation of their villages and the perishable nature of their produce. This leads to a situation where farmers are unable to even break even most of the time.
As consumers, we tend to haggle with street and small-scale vendors, while readily paying the exact prices at supermarkets and branded shops. This practice not only perpetuates the exploitation of farmers but also adds to their financial burden.
Understanding the Plight of Farmers
It is high time that we see the world from the perspective of farmers and understand the challenges they face. The exploitation of their livelihoods is not just the doing of middlemen, but also of consumers. As such, it is our responsibility to think twice before haggling with street vendors and to remember that nobody has the right to set the price tag for somebody else’s hard work.
In conclusion, the farmer crisis in India is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed urgently. By understanding the challenges faced by agrarian communities and taking steps to support them, we can work towards a more equitable and just society.