Here is an interesting photo-verse by my wife on the price of vegetables in our city; mercilessly hiked by middlemen. Middlemen bargain and procure vegetables from farmers at extremely low price; move them by a short distance and sell them to us at abnormally high price.
As an example, she illustrated the price of a Pumpkin we bought for Rs. 15, 25 Kms. away from our house at a village shandy. And this Pumpkin would have cost us Rs. 72/- in the city! An unbelievable 480 percent increase. Same is the case with all other vegetables grown in neighboring villages.
Truly middlemen are called parasites. Unchecked and ungoverned their misdeeds and greed is harming the farmers and us.
The cost of this Pumpkin,
Is just Rupees fifteen!
At a village Shandy,
Outside Secunderabad City.
And in Secunderabad City,
It is Rupees forty a Kg.
That is Rupees seventy-two!
A price escalation by 480%!
This is how middlemen loot us!
There is no end to their greediness.
Middlemen also pinch money from farmers,
And the authorities are clueless to end this mess.
- Mrs. N. Lalitha Raghu.