Cartelisation in agriculture affects poor farmers: Experts

Cartelisation in agriculture affects poor farmers: Experts New Delhi: Cartelisation in the agriculture sector is impacting consumers and poor farmers the most who are not getting a fair price for the products as a result, a panel of experts said.

"A topic that needs to be further studied is the agriculture market and the primary level mandi which is a cartel controlled by a particular caste and class. There is the class that controls the farmers, and the upper level market," Competition Commission of India (CCI) member Geeta Gouri said at a discussion on 'impact of cartels on poor' today.

Rajya Sabha MP E M Sudarsana Natchiappan said the consumer is not getting the benefit due to cartelisation in the agriculture sector.

According to him, a farmer is selling his produce to an intermediary at a very low price who in turn sells it to the market vendors at a very high price, and the same is sold in the market to consumer at an even higher price.

PTI