for establishment of 'Saabzi mandi' in Dimapur
July 3: The ACAUT Nagaland and the Business Association
of Nagas (BAN) have pushed for establishment of 'Saabzi
mandi' or Vegetable Trading Center outlet in Dimapur in
order to protect local farmers from 'poachers' in the
form of vegetable syndicates.
demand for 'Saabzi mandis' comes in the wake of the
assault on a local farmer, Sanyi Dukru by wholesale
traders and labourers at Murgi patti, Dimapur on
a press release, ACAUT Nagaland while reiterating its
earlier demand for 'Saabzi mandis', reasoned that
formation of 'Saabzi mandis' would be the first step to
acquiring self-sufficiency and becoming economically
reliant, it said in a press release.
ACAUT reminded that it had earlier raised the issue of
the plight of local farmers, especially cabbage farmers
from Phek District who are, at most times, forced to
sell at loss by market monopolist or syndicate traders
who arbitrarily set the buying price at their whims and
gross exploitation of the poor local farmers has only
escalated tensions among the business community and the
latest fracas is a direct result of this, it said.
Nagaland, however, requested all the parties to maintain
calm for the sake of farmers who needs a peaceful
atmosphere to sell their produce.
the interest of the local farming and entrepreneurial
community, the ACAUT also demanded the formation of a
Cabinet Sub-Committee on Economic Affairs with the sole
view to uplift the local entrepreneurial and farming
community of the State duly assisted by at least 5 to 6
members picked from the business and entrepreneurial
community as consultants.
at mercy of syndicate system: BAN
a separate release, the BAN said local farmers are
completely at the mercy of traders and the syndicate
system who fix prices on take or leave it policy, and
lamented that such indignity and humiliation are faced
by the local farmers because of the government's apathy
to the needs of its people.
cautions that such incidences are bound to occur in the
future, unless the government of Nagaland takes
stringent measures by setting up Saabzi mandis as in
other parts of the country where all farmers can bring
their produce and auction off their produce with prices
fixed as per the demand and supply of the market.
BAN urged the Government of Nagaland to allocate the
area in Agri Expo, 4th mile to BAN to set up Saabzi
mandi/vegetable trading center as it has a cold storage
facility which is lying vacant.
as a short term solution to the immediate crisis, the
BAN wanted the DMC to facilitate the sale of cabbage
from Phek district and elsewhere by fixing the minimum
buying rate of cabbage immediately for this peak season
so that local farmers do not incur losses.
assault on local farmer
both ACAUT and BAN vehemently condemned the grievous
injury inflicted on the local farmer during the scuffle
with wholesale traders and labourers at Murgi patti,
Dimapur on Thursday, and demanded the law enforcing
agencies get into the depth of the issue and punish the
incident is reflective of the frustration of the local
farming community and unless the government takes up the
interest of the local farmers on a war-footing, social
unrest and law and order problem will get
compounded," ACAUT added. (Page News Service)