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Plight of cabbage farmers in Razeba
Published on 14 Sep. 2010 1:14 AM IST
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Cabbage farmers under Razeba area have drawn the attention of the government to the revised whole sale rates set by the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) from Rs 320 per bag of cabbage to Rs 50. Razeba Public Organisation(RPO) said that a bag of cabbage contained approximately 40 kgs which as per the revised rate would mean Rs 1.25 per kg . of cabbage.
RPO president Mosonyi Domeh in a press release said the revised rates has “really inconvenienced” farmers as they have to bear the hire charges for vehicles used to transport cabbages to Dimapur.
RPO expressed apprehension about alleged manipulation by the DMC in collusion with the traders/whole sale buyers and requested the state government to look into the matter immediately so that the farmers were not victimized
It also requested the government, especially the agriculture and the horticulture departments to immediately provide marketing assistance to the farmers to complement the good work they have initiated. RPO also requested the agriculture and horticulture departments to immediately conduct spot verification of the vegetable products in Razeba area and provide appropriate compensation to the farmers if no marketing assistance was provided.
It also expressed gratitude to the government for its initial support to farmers of Razeba area in Phek district, by providing cabbage seeds and declaration of two of its villages namely Zhavame village and Tsupfume village as vegetable village.
RPO stated that the total area of cultivation of cabbage in Razeba range alone was approximately 100 hectares, producing around 5000 metric tonnes while around 2000 metric tones have been marketed by the farmers through their own means.

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