|Youths team up with Bharatiya Kisan Sangh to sell goods at rates fixed by Govt|
GUWAHATI, July 13 - With residents of Kamrup (Metro) district facing major shortage of vegetables during the first two weeks of the ongoing lockdown, a group of youths affiliated to the farmers’ union Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), have managed to sell vegetables worth over Rs 1 crore to consumers in the city.
All the products sold by the youths in Guwahati were sourced from farmers belonging to the indigenous communities, BKS Assam unit organising secretary Krishna Kanta Bora told this newspaper.
“We sold the entire stock during only three working days – on July 6, 8 and 11. We sold almost all vegetables at prices fixed by the government and after taking requisite permission from the authorities. However, in case of two items – tomatoes and chillies – we had charged Rs 4 or Rs 5 extra per kg from the consumers. This is due to the fact that there is a massive shortage of tomatoes and chillies on account of the floods. As we had to procure these two items at higher rates from the producers, we were left with no other choice but to charge a bit extra in the retail market,” said Bora.
He said that more than 170 tonnes of vegetables were sold during the three days. Over 150 youths were involved in the exercise.
“All those youths are from families without any background of agriculture or vegetable trade. Many of them have good educational qualifications. We formed teams and each team moved across various localities of the city with auto vans laden with vegetables. During those three days we covered localities like RG Baruah Road, Narengi, Ganeshguri, Beltola, Dhirenpara and Panbazar,” Bora said.
The products were sourced from farmers in Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat and Barpeta districts.
“All those farmers are from the indigenous communities. We procured the vegetables directly from the producers, who are also mostly affiliated to our organisation. In the process, we have done away with the middlemen. That is why we have been able to sell to the consumers of Guwahati at rates fixed by the government and still our cadres who have sold the items in Guwahati have managed to earn profit of minimum 10 per cent,” said Bora.
BKS is one of the largest farmers’ unions in the country and has units in most of the states across India. In Assam, it is working with local farmers in various districts to promote indigenous farming techniques.