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Farmers in Rajasthan are Experiencing Losses Due to Bumper Yield of Pomegranate

The Farmers of Jaipur have experienced significant losses as a result of the country's oversupply of pomegranate. Due to this they are having difficulty in selling their produce. Despite high yield, farmers are having difficulty finding purchasers for their pomegranates.

Shivani Meena
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The Farmers of Jaipur have experienced significant losses as a result of the country's oversupply of pomegranate. Due to this, they are having difficulty in selling their produce. Despite high yield, farmers are having difficulty finding purchasers for their pomegranates. 

Pomegranate used to be sold for Rs 70 to 100 per kg, but today farmers in the state are only making Rs 15 to Rs 50 per kg at the marketplace. Farmers are losing a lot of money because of the huge price difference. 

According to Rajendra Narang, President of the Muhana Mandi Fruit Sellers Association, it is a sign of good fortune that pomegranate from Maharashtra is not in the marketplace, since much of the state's production would have gone to trash. 

Our sales have suffered this year as a result of bumper supply in neighboring states and Rajasthan. We aren't getting the buyers we want. Also, the produce for this year is small, which has contributed to our troubles. Although better quality and larger pomegranates may be obtained from other marketplaces, farmers in Rajasthan are not receiving the appropriate price, Narang said. 

The second reason, according to reports, is that the winter rains have halted the sale of all the luscious fruits. Pomegranate juice is in demand, but owing to the winter season and relatively small size of the fruit, that sector of the market is also slower. 

"I'm not sure if I'll be able to sell my produce this year," Hastimal says. This year has been extremely difficult since no one is willing to pay the price. Our produce is rarely sold for more than Rs 30 per kilogram. 

Due to a shortage of buyers, a farmer in Padru village suffered a significant loss when 40 thousand kg of his pomegranate rotted on the trees. This problem has impacted around 10,000 farmers in Barmer, Sirohi, Jaisalmer, Jalore, and Pali. 

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