With a surplus yield of cabbage, prices of the vegetable has crashed leaving farmers at Thalawady in distress as it now only fetches Rs 1.50 a kg.

Cabbage has been cultivated over 25,000 hectares in Diginarai, Mallankuzhi, Susaipuram, Arulwady, Bejalatty, Hassanure and Kodiyapuram in Thalawady forest area.

Farmers said they traditionally cultivate turmeric, sugarcane and some other cash crop but as they were not able to get feasible price for turmeric, they switched to cabbage.

They were able to get 60 tonne of cabbage as yield per hectare, raised over a three-month period.

Rama Gowder of Susaipuram and Vinodhan of Arulwady said, “When we started cultivation of cabbage, it was sold at Rs 20 a kg in the wholesale market. But now we harvested huge crop, it is fetching only Rs 1.50 a kg.

Some of the farmers have sold the cabbage at Rs 1.50 a kg, as they require money for next crop cultivation, they said and appealed to the Government to procure the cabbages from them at a reasonable price.

(This article was published on November 6, 2012)
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