Cotton price touches new high, but who's benefitting?
The price of cotton has increased to Rs 6,000 per quintal in recent past. Expecting a global demand for the white gold, the private traders have launched a door to door purchase through their select band of touts. The touts purchase the cotton from the needy farmers and allegedly stock those either in their village godowns or transport it to city cautiously. There are allegations of manipulation in weighing, system of down payment and ascertaining staple length.
The prospects of the cotton production across the world seem to be bleak and the major cotton producing countries have experienced a setback during the current season owing to the adverse climatic adversity. But cotton production in India in general and the known cotton heartland of Maharashtra in particular have comparatively better crops this year.
Farm activist Kishore Tiwari has questioned this tall claim and said that the cotton production was totally destroyed by the unseasonal rain and farmers have already sold out their produce to the private traders.
According to him, the cotton crop was damaged due to unseasonal rains and the poor farmers have sold their cotton well in advance to minimise the burden of heavy interest on the loan they have obtained from the banks, private traders and money lenders.
Whatever may be the current price buoyancy in the market, the benefit would certainly be reaped entirely by the private traders, Tiwari said, adding the cotton growers are still pushed to the lurch in a planned manner.