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Farmers dump tomatoes in wholesale market in MP's Narsinghpur

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

Irate farmers, for the second time in three days, today dumped tomatoes at the Gadwara wholesale market in Narsinghpur, some 250 kilometres from here, protesting against low prices.

Babu Patel, president of the unit of the Kisan Union, a farmers' organisation, said that prices of tomatoes had reached Rs 2 per kilogram in the wholesale market and this was lower than the cost of cultivating them.

"The situation for farmers in the state is grim and the government is doing nothing to help them," he alleged.

Alok Agrawal, convenor of the unit of the Aam Aadmi Party alleged that farmers in the state were living in penury and claimed that five farmers were committing suicide in the state everyday.

He said that lack of storage facilities in the state was leading to a situation where prices of vegetables nose-dived one day and then soared to exorbitant levels another day, leaving both farmers and the common citizens harried and distressed.

State Principal Secretary, Agriculture, said he could not comment on the incident at since he did not have details of it.

could be contacted despite several attempts.

Two days ago, farmers in district, the hometown of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, had dumped farm produce on the roads of Shahganj.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 19:20 IST