Raipur / Chhattisgarh : Demonetisation and cash-crunch has almost destroyed the agricultural sectors, mostly hitting the poor farmers across the country. Farmers in Chhattisgarh staged a unique protest against demonetisation move by giving away vegetables for free.
According to ANI reports, hundreds of farmers of the Pragatisheel Kisan Sangh (Farmers’ Union) gave away vegetables for free in state capital Raipur as they could not find any buyers for their produce.
“Vegetables are not being sold as the rates are very low. Vegetables sold for high prices in November and on lower rates in March, but this time the pattern was observed in November. We are not able to recover our expenses,” said a farmer, Arvind.
— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 announced demonetisation of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes that accounted for 86 percent of cash in circulation.
The government’s sudden move has caused disruption to daily life. More than 100 people lost their lives in bank queues.
India’s 263 million farmers mostly depend on the cash economy, exposing them to the full impact of the move.
Jayesh Varu, a farmers’ union member said lack of transportation facilities further added to their woes.
“The farmers are forced to sell vegetables for free because if the prices of tomatoes fall, prices of other vegetables also decrease automatically. Also, transportation has been badly affected after the demonetisation move.” says Jayesh Varu.
“Earlier, tomatoes of Chhattisgarh were not only exported to other parts of India but to other nations as well. But this time, the vegetable could not be exported out of the state due to lack of transportation. Today, the farmers of Durg region and people from nearby the Kharun river were forced to distribute the vegetables for free,” said Varu.
Recently farmers protested by dumping 70 trucks of their produced tomatoes on roads to protest against demonetisation.