Farmer sets banana plantation on fire after losses – the New Indian Express

Through Express news service

KURNOOL: A farmer in Dharmavaram village in Dhone Mandal burned down his banana plantation after failing to offset his expenses for the harvest.

Mallikarjuna spent Rs 5 lakh to cultivate plantains in his 3 acres of farmland. However, he only got Rs 1,50,000 after selling the crop three times. A disappointed Mallikarjuna completely burned the banana crop to cultivate an alternative crop.

The situation is similar to that of almost all banana growers in the district, as prices have collapsed to Rs 2,000-5,000 per tonne in wholesale markets. Due to the rains, the banana crop was damaged. In addition, this year, the area cultivated with bananas was larger than last year. Deputy director of horticulture, B Raghunath Reddy, said bananas were grown on 7,000 acres of land in the district, up from 5,500 acres the year before. Usually, the harvest is done three to four times.

The first and second bring maximum prices to farmers. Now, banana prices have touched Rs 2 to Rs 5 per kg in wholesale markets. Another farmer, Murali Krishna, from Tammadapalli, asked the government to provide a minimum support price of Rs 6,000-8,000 per tonne depending on the quality of his products and save them from the financial crisis.