23 Dec 2023

Madhya Pradesh: How Chinese garlic is posing challenge to state's garlic producers? Is Chinese garlic bad for health? What is farmers' demand?

Farmers in Madhya Pradesh are grappling with an unusual challenge as Chinese garlic infiltrates the market, creating significant issues for local garlic producers. Illegally entering Madhya Pradesh, Chinese garlic is being sold at lower rates, preventing local farmers from realizing the rightful value of their garlic crops. Despite soaring garlic prices in the market, there is dissatisfaction among farmers who feel that the current rate of Rs 21,000 per quintal is inadequate.

Farmers anticipate decline in garlic price in coming days

Despite the recent increase from Rs 8,000 per quintal to Rs 21,000 per quintal, farmers argue that this higher price is still insufficient and unlikely to be sustained. Farmers acknowledge that current garlic prices are the highest in the last three years, but they anticipate a decline in the coming days. Farmers express frustration, pointing out that traders profit considerably by selling garlic at a high price, creating a perception that farmers are overcharging. Predictions indicate that the price of quality garlic may settle at Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 per quintal.

Garlic arriving through clandestine routes such as Nepal

Some farmers are urging the government to take immediate action to halt the import of garlic from China, particularly through clandestine routes such as Nepal. Concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19 accompany the arrival of Chinese garlic. Farmers say the United States has already ceased garlic imports from China. Farmers in Madhya Pradesh are bearing the brunt of this situation, facing significant losses as a result.

Chinese garlic is bad for health

Chinese garlic undergoes extensive fumigation using methyl bromide to eliminate potential insect infestations. Methyl bromide poses a significant toxic threat, with exposure to elevated concentrations capable of causing harm to the respiratory and central nervous systems, and in severe cases, leading to fatalities. Additionally, imported garlic is frequently cultivated using sewage water, with human sewage serving as a cost-effective fertilizer.

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