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Watermelons being sold at four times high price by depriving the farmers in Bhola

Sabbir Alam Babu, Bhola

Watermelons are being sold at four times the price at the consumer level by exchanging hands from farmers. At present watermelons are being sold in the retail market of Bhola at Tk 250 to 480 per piece depending on the size. But the watermelon that farmers sell from the field for 100 rupees, the market price of that watermelon is 480 rupees. Wholesalers are taking watermelons from different watermelon fields of the district to different parts of the country by road and river every day.

Buyers say the price of watermelon is several times higher in the market than in farmers’ fields. As a result, ordinary buyers are not able to buy watermelons as their prices are high.
Farmers say that the syndicate is selling watermelons at arbitrary prices to meet the demand in the market.

On the one hand, farmers are deprived of fair prices, on the other hand, buyers have to buy watermelons at high prices. Watermelons are being sold in different important cities of the country at kg price. 100 pieces of watermelon weighing 4 to 6 kg are being sold in the Char Fashion Wholesale Market of Bhola for 14 thousand to 25 thousand rupees. As such, a piece of watermelon costs 140 to 250 rupees. But at the retail level, the watermelon is being sold at a price of 250 to 480 rupees. Mizanur Rahman, who came to the market to buy watermelon, said, “I have not been able to feed my children watermelon yet this year. The price of watermelon is higher on the occasion of Boishakh.

Can’t afford to buy watermelon at extra price. Abul Kalam, a watermelon grower in Nazrulnagar area of ​​Char Fashion Upazila in Bhola, said they sell watermelons from warehouses to wholesalers and wholesalers. At present 100 medium to large sized watermelons are being sold in the wholesale market for Tk 13,000 to 22,000. “Even though we sell per piece, watermelons are being sold in the retail market at Rs. It should not be, it is cheating people. And to keep the market right, the administration should increase its activities at the field level.

Shamim Patwari in Ward No. 2 of Mujibnagar Union said, “The watermelon that we sold from the field for 100 rupees now costs 250 to 480 rupees in the market.” Although we did not lose. They have fixed the price by looking at the small and big size from us. Since I have not sold at such a high price, I do not want to put so much pressure on the buyer. Ali Hossain, a watermelon wholesaler, said buying watermelons at a slightly lower price from a farmer’s field costs a lot to transport. Moreover, the wages of the workers have increased. The price of each piece of watermelon including all costs is 330 rupees. For this, watermelons have to be sold in different sizes.

According to the Upazila Agriculture Office, Char Fashion Upazila has 75,192 hectares of cultivable land and 3,337 hectares of uncultivated land annually. Among the cultivable lands, watermelon has been cultivated in 12,560 hectares of land this season. Besides, paddy along with other vegetables has been cultivated in 75,082 hectares of land.

Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer Thakur Krishna Das said Glory, Jambu and Bangla Link varieties of watermelon are cultivated in Char Fashion Upazila. If the weather is favorable, yield can be 50 to 500 metric tons per hectare of land. The cost per hectare of watermelon cultivation has been 1 lakh 30 thousand to Tk 1 lakh 80 thousand.

Char Fashion Upazila Agriculture Officer. Abu Hasnain said watermelon has been planted in 12,580 hectares of land in Char Fashion Upazila this season. Watermelon cultivation is more in Nazrulnagar, Nurabad and Mujibnagar unions of the upazila. With the planting of watermelon this year, the production has also increased from the previous days. In this case, it is unreasonable to increase the price of watermelon three to four times at the consumer level. In this regard, Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate Abu Abdullah said, a mobile court has been set up in various shops of Char Fashion Bazar to monitor the market price of daily necessities on the occasion of Ramadan.

At this time, the traders were made aware of the crime of not having the price list of daily necessities, keeping the price of the goods high etc. and paying fines to various organizations. This activity will continue in the public interest. However, if any trader has created an artificial crisis of these daily necessities then legal action will be taken against those dishonest traders.

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