This Onam, vegetable prices to skyrocket due to scanty rainfall in Gundlupet
Gundlupet: This Onam, people will face a tough time as vegetable prices are likely to soar following scanty rainfall at Gundlupet. The farmers in Gundlupet who cultivate vegetables ahead of Onam are not undertaking farming this time. According to them, the harvest decreased to half after the drought.
Vegetables to markets in Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur districts are imported from Gundlupet. The farmers are facing a tight situation as drought hit their farmlands. During monsoon, in the month of June-July, Gundlupet received rain for just two days. The temperature increased before the rainy days.The wells in the area got dried up. Farmers said that even 700-foot deeper bore wells started to dry up.
Abdul Manaf from Omaserry in Kozhikode, who is settled at Gundlupet, is worried whether he would be able to cultivate crops for the second time. Normally, he harvests one tonne chillies from the one-acre land but this time it decreased to 300 to 400 kilograms. Production of tomato also came down and it led to price hike.
The price of tomatoes increased to Rs. 40 from Rs 30 per kilo. The price keeps increasing day by day. Manaf used to cultivate peas and ladies finger ahead of Onam market. But this time drought has affected the cultivation.
“If Kerala Government gives land for lease to encourage farmers, Malayalee farmers in Gundlupet will come back to Kerala,” said Manaf.
There was not much rush in the vegetable markets in Gundlupet, Terakanambi and Mysore which had a heavy rush of merchants from northern Kerala.
Wholesale dealers also confirmed a decline in vegetable imports. According to farmers, if the rain deficit continues like this, export of vegetables to Malabar, will be affected in future.