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Wayanad plantation workers hope their woes will get national attention

The agrarian district is known for cultivation of coffee, tea, spices and rubber, and has seen suicides by some farmers unable to repay their loans.

, ET Bureau|
Apr 02, 2019, 11.32 AM IST
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KOCHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad, in addition to his traditional seat of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, has sparked expectations among plantation workers in Kerala that issues such as falling prices and declining productivity may get national attention.

The agrarian district is known for cultivation of coffee, tea, spices and rubber, and has seen suicides by some farmers unable to repay their loans.

“At least there will be someone to lend his ears to our problems. If something gets implemented, we will take it as a bonus,’’ said Prashant Rajesh, secretary of Wayanad Coffee Growers’ Association.

Wayanad is the largest coffee-producing region after Karnataka.

Rajesh said there may be a 30% fall in the crop this year owing to the floods that devastated the region last year, when the crop was around 40,000 tonnes lower than that predicted by the Coffee Board of India.

“This time, prices too are Rs 5-10 less than a year ago, at about Rs 117 per kg, for beans. We have made several representations to the state and central governments for weather insurance and the price stabilisation fund, but so far, there has been no response,’’ he said.

Wayanad has witnessed weather and geographical changes in the past few years, which were aggravated by the floods last year, said Ajith BK, secretary of the Association of Planters of Kerala. “The region has been seeing extended drought, extreme winter and lowduration high-intensity rainfall. Several places have developed cracks after the flood. As a result, the nutrient capacity of the soil has gone down, which may impact productivity,” he said.
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