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Rashmi Ranjan

The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown/ shutdowns are having a devastating effect on the life and livelihood of people. With limited sources of income and deducted salaries, people belonging to the middle class and lower middle class are struggling  to make their ends meet and the vegetables famers of Banki area are no exception.

The guidelines framed by the Odisha government allowing markets to open for just 4 hours has largely affected the sale of vegetables. 

"We fail to sell our produce in the short time span which is making our lives more miserable," alleged the farmers. 

"I have cultivated many vegetables like pumpkin, brinjal, lady finger, green chilies and many more. But, due to the limited market hours, we are unable to sale our produce and the stock is rotting. It is becoming difficult to make ends meet," said a farmer.

"The guidelines framed by the Odisha government to open markets for just 4 hours has largely affected us. No buyers are coming to buy our produce due to the restrictions. We urge the State government to ease the restrictions," another farmer said.

Echoing in a similar way another farmer said, "I have taken farm loan. But, with these restrictions are in place it will become very difficult for us to repay the loan as hardly we get any buyer."

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