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Marri Adithya Reddy
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Tandur’s Red Gram Grief
Tandur’s red gram harvest is looking weak. Two months ago, several analysts decreased their estimates for Tandur’s red gram crop yields on account of bad weather. Dry spells in the main growing region had turned the crops dry. Despite the little rainfall that offered them some relief, the moisture required during the flowering stage earlier in the year had already sealed their fate.
Red gram is cultivated across 1 lakh acres in the Vikarabad district, of which Tandur alone constitutes half the crop. Well known for its red gram cultivation all over the nation, bad weather isn’t the only aspect that’s causing Tandur’s famous crop to fade away. Earlier, farmers were earning profits by cultivating the crop in hundreds of hectares of land. But according to agricultural experts, farmers lack the scientific approach, technical skill in cultivation and marketing strategy to turn a profit for their produce. The establishment of a red gram board would have boosted their ability in increasing the crop and opening doors to overseas business from Tandur. However, despite several pleas from the farmers, the red gram board has yet to be put into effect.
Adding to the misery, traders (not producers) are deciding the price of produce, causing grave injustice to the farming community. Many of which are unregistered agents that are unofficially trading the goods and stealing a large chunk of commission from farmers.
Red gram cultivation is one of Tandur’s greatest treasures and our agricultural sector needs leadership that will work proactively to address these challenges, prepare for the impacts of climate change and provide farmers with the assurance of fair income for their produce.
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