Vikram Jadhav, a tenant farmer in Andhra Pradesh, is concerned about the 10-km
Vikram Jadhav, a tenant farmer in Andhra Pradesh, is concerned about the 10-km journey he has to make to sell his harvest, which is 100 quintals of paddy and maize.
With only five days left to sell his family’s seasonal output, he is worried about the cost of logistics and daily expenses as he gets ready to leave for the collection centre.
“This is one of the worst years I have seen in two decades. The cost of production has been more than the return. It is not easy to make ends meet with a big family, yet we manage somehow. But this time it will be difficult to repay my debt on time because the Covid-19 lockdown has raised the cost of transportation, and I will have to take more credit to pay for the logistics. Above this, I will have to spend five days at the collection centre, so I can be present when my coupon number is called; otherwise, my turn will pass and I will have to sell my crop at throwaway prices at a private mandi,” says Jadhav.
Jadhav is one of the nearly 22 million tenant farmers who…