Madurai Street Coconut Farmers Fall in Price; Collector advises added value | Madurai News

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Madurai: Madurai district has pockets of coconut cultivation, but the Farmers complain that they don’t get a good price for the cultivated coconut. Pouring out their woes to District Collector Dr Aneesh Sekhar at Friday’s grievance meeting, they said most of the coconuts they grow are normal sized and not the bigger ones which fetch good prices . coconut producer Nagendran urged the district administration to develop a mechanism like the supply center to end their problems.
The collector advised farmers to start making value additions like producing coconut oil, especially the cold-pressed variety. Farmers said the price of copra has also fallen and although the government buying rate is Rs 105 per kilogram, they are not getting it from private actors. Aneesh Sekhar suggested that farmers should form agricultural producer societies to start oil presses. VR Muthupeyandi from Chellamatti’s block said it makes cold-pressed oil and gets good yields. Some farmers have complained about bad practices in the elections of the water users’ association and demanded that it be suspended. Kavattayapatti’s Murugesan said signs were put up on the desilting project details in front of two tanks, but not an ounce of soil was removed. Similarly, another PWD tank has been leased for aquaculture. He demanded an investigation into the scam. Muthumeeran, a farmer from Peraiyur, said red sorghum is widely grown in Peraiyur and Sedapatti blocks and he got a good price of Rs 3,000 per quintal. But prices crashed to Rs 2,000. Co-director of agriculture Vivekanandan said the department would try to link farmers with certain food companies as red sorghum has good demand, especially after the pandemic.

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