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Farmer Protests in MP Hiked Agriculture Commodity Prices By 30%

Tur pulse which had minimum price of Rs 1701 per quintal till June 6 is now selling at minimum of Rs 3300 per quintal.

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The farmer protest in Madhya Pradesh may spike commodity prices as the minimum price has seen steep price rise in last three days, due to lack of supply from farmers.

For instance tur pulse which had minimum price of Rs 1701 per quintal till June 6 is now selling at minimum of Rs 3300 per quintal, similarly minimum price of tomato has gone up from Rs 250 per quintal till to Rs 400 per quintal in the same period.

As the minimum buying prices jumped to a high, they will surely increase the prices in retail market which means another bile, but this time it will be consumer. Insiders say that the hike will continue in the coming days.

Mandi Economics

The latest figure by Madhya Pradesh State Agricultural Marketing Board suggests that some of the commodities like tomato and onion have witnessed more than 30 per cent of price hike in last three days.

This price difference will result in higher prices of grocery and vegetables to consumers because there Madhya Pradesh, said a member of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (IASE) on the condition of anonymity may be a hike in minimum prices very soon and then the real story will start on the city streets of. He added “Now it is clear that the agitation which started from farmers’ will soon reach to city streets”.

According to sources, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is personally monitoring the Mandi supplies and keeping a watch on the prices of essential commodities. He has already agreed to increase minimum support price of onion.

Meanwhile it is improvement on roads in Mandsaur with relaxation in curfew. District magistrate and police superintend were suspended amidst prima face evidences of negligence, which allegedly costs six lives in protest in Mandsaur earlier on Wednesday. Protests took several twists and turns with Congress (INC) Vice President Rahul Gandhi visiting Mandsaur on Thursday (8 June).

Later he was detained by administration. The Chief Minister showed his interest to speak with farmers’ to come to some resolution and will start talking to them by tomorrow. Sources have also informed that electricity distribution company in the region has been snapping power supply to farmers if they fail to pay their monthly bills instantly, this may be another key factor of anger in farmers.

Rajasthan: Nipping the problem in bud

After Maharashtra and MP, Rajasthan could have been third state to face farmers’ ire. In few separate incidents, Rajasthan had also faced the ire of farmers’ in the areas bordering Mandsaur. Uprising tension among farmers in Pratapgarh and Kota in Rajasthan, is now under control.

A credit must be given to the timely intervention by the Chief Minister of the state Vasundhara Raje, who sensed the trouble beforehand and took measures to address the latent conflict. She had urged to farmers during Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet in Kota on 24 May had to stay away from politics as if she had sensed the problem earlier.

Speaking to BW Businessworld, the Rajasthan Agriculture Minister had asserted in their government’s farmers’ friendly policies and said the state is prepared to handle the situation.


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