Lack of markets in Maoist infested areas of Odisha hurting maize farmers
Maize farmers have expressed their distress for not getting appropriate price for their produce due to lack of markets in the Maoist infested areas of Odisha.
The farmers of the Nabarangpur district are not getting their due as per the minimum support price fixed by the Odisha government.
A maize farmer, Damburu Behera, said that they were incurring loss as they did not get adequate money for their due.
"We are facing a lot of difficulty in selling our produce as we are not getting very less money in the market. We are also disappointed as we are also facing huge loss. Day by day this problem is increasing," said Behera.
Due to low income, the farmers were also unable to pay back their loans.
The government based export firm had proposed to set up a maize processing unit in the district which would enhance production and would prove beneficial for the farmers.
While on the other hand, sub-collector Suman Behera. said that they had already set up two markets and so far they have received no such complaint that farmers are selling their produce below the minimum support price (MSP).
"So, far as the maize price is concerned the Government of India has already raised minimum support price (MSP) at rupees 1165 (USD 21.64) per quintal and we have so far received no such complaint that people are selling below the MSP price and for that purpose we have created two markets.
"But no farmer is coming forward to sell his maize at the level of the market because the traders are collecting maize from the doorstep of the farmers. So, many times we have created awareness and this time also we are creating awareness among the farmers," said Behera.
Maoist rebels equipped with automatic weapons, shoulder fired rocket launchers, mines and explosives, want to cripple India's economic activity.