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Maha farmer destroys brinjal plantation after crop fetches mere 20 paise a kg

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Driven to despair by being offered a meagre 20 paise per for his brinjal production, a in destroyed the entire on his land to save himself from incurring further losses.

Rajendra Bawake, from Sakuri village in Rahata tehsil of district, claimed he earned only Rs 65,000 after investing Rs 2 lakh and putting in all his to cultivate the brinjal crop.

Frustrated with the low income, the uprooted all brinjal plants from his field and threw them away on Sunday.

"I had planted brinjal on two acres of land and laid pipes for drip irrigation. I used fertilisers, pesticides and modern mulching techniques to enhance the production. The total investment came to around Rs 2 lakh. In return, I earned only Rs 65,000," Bawake told on Monday.

The cultivator said he now owes dues worth over Rs 35,000 to fertilisers and pesticides supplier. "I don't know how I am going to raise that money," he rued.

Bawake claimed that when he tried to sell his produce at the wholesale markets in (Maharashtra) and (Gujarat), he fetched merely 20 paise per kg.

"This frustrated me, so I decided to destroy the entire to save myself from further loss," he said.

As a routine practice, the cultivator had been selling his produce in cartons on a weekly basis.

"But I never got better returns in the last three-four months and so, I decided to do away with the plantation," he said.

Bawake said he rears three cows at home and needs money to buy fodder for the cattle.

"I had hopes from brinjal farming, but now I don't know how to take care of my cattle," he said.

Notably, an onion-grower from district, who had to sell his produce for little over Re 1 per kg and fetched only Rs 1,064 for 750 kg of the vegetable, sent his earnings to the last month to mark his protest.

Farmers from different parts of the country, including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh, had converged in last Thursday in protest to press for their various demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.

Several activists and political leaders had slammed the on Friday, alleging it did not implement a "single major initiative" for farmers in the past four-and-a-half years and that demonetisation "worsened the agrarian distress" in the country.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 14:25 IST