The Cotton Corporation of India’s decision to
slash the Minimum Support Price, has rattled the cotton farmers in erstwhile
Adilabad district, who are already saddled with high natural moisture content
due to foggy weather and pink bollworm infection in the crops.
the CCI said that it would lift the produce at ₹5,775 per quintal as against
₹5,825 per quintal for which the cotton was purchased till Saturday.
The decision was
taken as the strength of the cotton ball is reportedly less than 30 mm length
this season due untimely rains.
“Even the farmers,
who got quality produce with strength more or less 30 mm length have to sell
their produce for the new price,” an official said.
moisture is more than 8 %, the CII deducts the price per quintal; so farmers
drying their produce before taking it to market
can get ₹5,775 per quintal only if the moisture content is up to 8 %. If
moisture is more than 8 %, the CII deducts the price per quintal and the farmer
ends up getting less money.
So, to bring down
the moisture content, farmers in several villages in the district are drying
their produce in front of the houses, before it is taken to the market yard to
get good price.
M Sudarshan of
Khodad village in Talamadugu mandal said that for the past few days he has been
drying the crop in front of his house as the moisture content was very high. Every
year, Mr.Sudarshan gets at least 80 quintals of cotton from his eight acre, but
this time he ended up harvesting only 30 quintals due to untimely rains.
mounds of cotton on one side and staring at less net realisation, the farmers
are thrown into the debt trap.