Winter vegetables growers and buyers face loss in Narsingdi
NARSINGDI, Dec 30: Due to lack of proper marketing policy, the growers as well as the buyers are facing loss from the winter vegetables trade here.
But, the middlemen are fetching the maximum benefit from the trade, said the growers and the buyers.
While visiting different areas in Shibpur, Belabo and Raipura upazilas, the frustration of the growers became apparent after talking with them. They said, they cannot sell their produce at maximum benefit since the market is controlled by evil syndicate.
On the other hand, the customers informed that they have to buy the vegetables with double the price of the source where those are produced.
Meanwhile, the wholesalers alleged that due to hike in transport fare and illegal toll collection of police, this anomaly is happening in the trade.
While visiting different wholesale markets here, it was found that per piece gourd is being sold at Tk 10, cauliflower and cabbage at Tk 10, radish at Tk 5, per scale (5 kg) green chilli at Tk 100, per kg brinjal at Tk 15, bean at Tk 12, green tomato at Tk 20, ripe tomato at Tk 30, coriander at Tk 25, red spinach at Tk 20, and spinach at Tk 20.
On the other hand, while visiting the retail markets in the district and adjacent areas, it was found that per piece gourd is selling at Tk 20 to 30, cauliflower and cabbage at Tk 25 to 30, radish at Tk 10 to 12, per kg green chilli at Tk 60, green tomato at Tk 30, ripe tomato at Tk 40 to 50, red spinach at Tk 30 to 32, spinach at Tk 30 to 32, coriander at Tk 60, brinjal at Tk 30, and new potato at Tk 35.
After comparing field level markets with retail markets, the discrimination becomes apparent. The prices of the vegetables at field level market are double, triple or more times than those at retail level market.
Farmer Saiful Islam of Shibpur upazila said, due to favourable weather, the production of winter vegetables was good this year.
Wholesaler Hossen Morshed admitted the abnormal price variation between the field level and retail level markets and said, due to the increase in transport cost and police's toll collection, the prices of the vegetables have increased.