Batticaloa farmers face bleak prospects

[TamilNet, Thursday, 12 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Farmers in the Batticaloa District - especially those from areas controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) - are facing financial ruin with middlemen purchasing their harvest at very low prices, reports the TamilNet correspondent in Batticaloa.

A 66 kg bag of paddy which was purchased for 1000 rupees during the last season , today fetches only 550 rupees.

This situation has arisen because the Paddy Marketing Board, a government institution which buys paddy at a guaranteed minimum price, closed down its operations in Batticaloa since 1990.

Farmers are compelled to sell to unscrupulous middleman even at these very low prices because there aren't any private storage facilities available to the cultivators to keep their paddy until prices are good.

Farmers in Vavunatheevu , six km north west of Batticaloa, which is controlled by the LTTE, are in a bigger dilemma because they have to pay either 150 rupees or give a bottle of Blue Label Arrack to soldiers at the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) checkpoint which stands at the entrance to the Valaiyiravu bridge for securing permission to take their produce across, said sources.

The paddy wholesale market is in the Batticaloa and Kattankudy towns which are to the east of the lagoon and are under SLA control.

The wholesale trade in paddy in the Batticaloa district is largely controlled by the Muslims.

The ex- Tamil militant paramilitary groups working with the army also engage in paddy trade during the harvests, mostly with stock they collect through extortion at the entry points to the SLA controlled towns of Batticaloa from the rice rich western hinterlands of the district which are under the control of the Liberation Tigers.

Batticaloa's western hinterland, known as Paduvankarai, produced 12 percent of Sri Lanka's paddy in more peaceful times.


Latest 15 Reports
04.02.24 15:40   Photo
சியோனிசம் காணும் தோல்வி ஈழத்தமிழருக்குப் பலன் தரவல்ல படிமை மாற்றத்தின் அறிகுறி
24.04.22 05:44  
தீவின் நெருக்கடிச் சூழலில் ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசம் கடைப்பிடிக்கவேண்டிய நிலைப்பாடுகள்
09.04.22 14:44   Photo
குறிதவறும் ஈழத்தமிழர் தலைமைகளுக்கு வரலாறு தருகின்ற எச்சரிக்கை
21.01.22 07:24   Photo
ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசத்தின் தலைமைத்துவம் தேர்தல் அரசியற் கட்சிகளுக்கு அப்பாலானது
02.11.21 15:32   Photo
13 ஆம் சட்டத்திருத்தத்தால் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பை எதிர்கொள்ள முடியுமா?
15.09.21 08:19  
English version not available
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
09.04.21 14:46  
English version not available
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
Find this article at: