Vegetable farmers are incurring losses as they cannot recoup their production cost selling the produces to the middlemen at much lower prices.
On the other hand, the middlemen are profiteering taking advantage of the growers’ inability to sell their vegetables in the urban markets across the country.
The vegetables reach consumers in the urban markets through several hands of middlemen, adding extra value to the produces which are sold at much higher prices in the city markets. As a result, the middlemen are bagging huge profit while the farmers are being deprived, said agro economist Prof ASM Golam Hafeez.
The farmers are not getting fair prices in the absence of proper market chain in the country, the professor said.
Farmers do not have opportunity to enter the urban markets. They have to depend on middlemen for sale of their produces, he also said.
Sometimes, some farmers dump their vegetables while some don’t harvest their produces fearing that they won’t be able to recoup the harvesting cost let alone the production cost, he added.
Modern marketing system need to be introduced to solve this problem, the professor suggested.
Ribbed guard was selling at TK 40-50 per kg in the capital on the day while it was Tk 16-20 per kg in Jhenaida, Kaliganj and Shailkupa.
Cauliflower was selling at Tk 30-50 per piece in the capital while it was traded at Tk 11-20 per piece in the markets in Meherpur, Gangni, Mujibnagar and some other adjacent areas.
The price of cauliflower was Tk 15-20 per piece in Kushtia and Tk 20 per piece in Meherpur on Monday.
Radish price was Tk 15-20 per kg in Jhenaidah, Kaliganj and Shailkupa on Thursday while its retail prices were Tk 50 per kg in the capital on Friday.
Farmers of Jhenaidah, Kaliganj and Shailkupa were selling eggplant at Tk 20-25 (medium quality) per kg on Thursday while it was selling at Tk 60-80 per kg in the capital on Friday, according to DAM.
Retail price of bitter-guard was Tk 60-80 per kg in the capital on Friday while it was Tk 18-22 per kg in Meherpur, Gangni, Mujibnagar and some other adjacent areas on Tuesday.
Retail price of pointed guard was Tk 50-60 per kg in the capital on Friday while it was Tk 23-26 per kg in Meherpur, Gangni and Mujibnagar and some other adjacent areas on Tuesday.
Retail price of yardlong bean was Tk 70-80 per kg in the capital on Friday while it was TK 20-25 in Jhenaidah, Kaliganj and Shailkupa on Thursday.
The retail prices of cabbage, turnip, radish, spinach, bottle gourd leaf, red amaranth, mustard and green amaranth in the capital are also much higher than the wholesale prices at the growers’ end.
Suruj Molla, a farmer from Kushtia said farmers usually produce early winter vegetables to gain profit but they are selling the vegetables at very low prices at their end.
Each year farmers have to sell their winter vegetable at lower prices as most of the farmers produce vegetables in this period of the year.
In 2020-21 FY, a total 197.18 lakh tonnes of vegetables were produced in the country, according to a statistic of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
In 2019-20 FY, a total 184.47 lakh tonnes of vegetables were produced in country, according to a statistic of DAE.