People struggle like vegetable prices; cereals cross the roof at mandis

Noida, October 8: Soaring prices of basic necessities have dealt a severe blow to the public who are already struggling to recover from the repercussions of the Covid-induced lockdowns imposed in phases since the start of 2020.

Whether it’s vegetables or food grains, prices have skyrocketed as soon as they leave the farms into the kitchen of the common man.

Prices rise dramatically as they reach the consumer from farms via markets, wholesalers and vendors.

The farmer grows vegetables in the field and sells them in the government mandated markets (mandis), but many expenses are incurred in bringing them to the mandi, such as transportation costs while taking them to the arhtiya or to commission agent.

In the mandi committees of Uttar Pradesh, 2.5% is paid for farmers’ property, while the arhtiya also takes 2.5% commission. Here, the price of the vegetable increases by 5%.

To relieve farmers, the government of Uttar Pradesh reduced mandi committee rates from 2.5 to 1.5 percent. In other words, farmers now only have to pay 4% of the total price instead of 5% previously.

Despite this, by the time the goods leaving the farm reach the common man’s kitchen, its price hits the ceiling.

In market boards, foodgrains are sold to large traders and wholesalers in addition to retailers who recover the cost of transporting and packaging the goods for sale and the overall cost of the foodgrains.

Right from the farm to the common man’s kitchen, the price of a product costing Rs 10 goes up to Rs 25 to 30. gasoline and diesel drive up commodity prices.

The journey from farm to kitchen is getting more and more expensive every day and the budget of the common man is continually shrinking.

SP Yadav, a mandi arhtiya from Ghaziabad, told IANS that when the farmer reaches the mandi with his goods, he brings them here adding the price of the farm, the money expended by the labor and the money spent to bring it to market.

The broker takes 2.5% commission from the farmers and the market committee 1.5%, after which the price of the goods starts to rise.