Nagpur: In this year, the farmers of the area are facing the problems of laborers. All the farmers have now almost doubled their wages to harvest from the waterlogged fields. After the soybean crop was heavily damaged due to rain.
Now all the laborers are demanding about Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,500 per acre to harvest soybean. Sources in the interior have also told that till last year the standard rates were around Rs 1500 to Rs 1700 only.
Farmers have also said that due to excessive rains in Marathwada and Vidarbha, the fields have been flooded. He has also said that ‘all the farmers have suffered a huge loss due to the rain. Every farmer wants to complete the harvesting very soon to avoid further damage to the crop. And it has now increased the demand for wages too,” said Manish Jadhav, a farmer from Mahalgaon taluka in Yavatmal district.
On one hand, the soybean crop has been damaged due to rain. On the other hand, production per acre is expected to be higher in many areas. This means that even if the quality is very poor, the quantity can also be high. This is what a section of all farmers has to say. It is expected that in this ongoing year all the farmers can earn very good profit from soybean. All the workers are also now demanding higher wages.
Rental for first harvester
And even the tax collectors supplying the harvesters have now hiked the prices citing the higher price of diesel. Farmers have said that the rent for the first harvester has gone up to around Rs 2500 per acre from about Rs 2,000 per acre.
Vallabh Deshmukh, director of the state government’s seed producer’s company Mahabeej, has said that Farm laborers from neighboring Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have also reached the district of Buldhana for soybean crop. “High demand for farm hands. Wages have almost doubled. But the yield is expected to be much better in Buldhana,” he said.
The farmer and activist named Amitabh Pawde has said that there is a possibility of heavy damage to the soybean crop. And the crop is also difficult due to waterlogging.
Kishore Tiwari, president of the state government agency Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavalamban Mission (VNSSM), said production is expected to be at half. A farmer from Yavatmal district has also said that his soybean yield was very good. He has also mentioned the loss in cotton and tur due to rain.
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