What trade freedom did to Bihar’s farmers9 min read 07 Mar 2021, 09:44 PM IST
In 2006, Bihar abolished state-run mandis. What followed is a forewarning for India’s new farm laws
The system is rigged in favour of the traders who cheat on every possible parameter—from weight to moisture level—which is why very few farmers come to Bihar’s mandis to sell produce
ARARIA/PURNEA : Biren Bahardar thinks he is too small to raise his voice. Local traders can fleece at will while purchasing his harvest. The ration shop owner can deduct a few kilos of subsidised grains from his family’s quota every month. But Bahardar does not complain—he is well adjusted to being squeezed from all sides.
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