Did you know? The All India Standard of Wholesale price reporting is Rupees per Quintal. Here is what the graphs shows - the average price of fresh chilli that arrived at different markets in Meghalaya in April 2016 ranged from Rs. 4,000 per quintal (which means Rs. 40 per Kg) to Rs. 16,000 per quintal (which is Rs. 160 per Kg).I believe providing farm produce prices is an initiative of the Govt. of India at the country level under what is called 'Agmarknet'.
Agmarknet portal provides real time market data from markets across the country and is accessible to anyone with Internet facility. Information is sent even through email and SMS.Yes, you can get alerts even on your phone or in an email! Impressive is it not? Back to where our quest started... But, we could not find the price for a specific variety of chilli, the Bird’s eye chilli! Remember that was what we started to look for - the price trend of Bird's eye chilli in the wholesale markets of Meghalaya! So, what next? Why not reach out to the Department of Horticulture itself and ask them? That is what we did. It is truly wonderful to see how well informed and helpful the officials are. We got the answer to a question of ours. See for yourself.
Q: The website shows the price of Chilli. Which variety is this? A: This is the price of a local variety. The prices reported in the Meghalaya State Agricultural Marketing portal is mainly for major commodities of the State and does not cover sub-categories. In case of crop/commodity where the variety is known, like Lakadong turmeric or Nadia Ginger, an option is provided for market reporters to also mention/select the name of the crop variety while reporting the wholesale market price. In case the variety is not specified/known, then the "local variety" is used to categorize the variety reported. However, in case of chilly, there are many local varieties grown across the state it is not reported as sub category/variety/cultivar. The official added: SMS facility is being provided to farmers who need data to make selling decisions - how much to sell for and where to sell, etc. Farmers who do not have access to computer and Internet can subscribe to up to 10 markets/commodities. The market prices is then automatically delivered to them everyday, through SMS. That too free of cost! In fact the Department of Agriculture, Meghalaya and the National Informatics Centre, Meghalaya have now developed an android based mobile App which can be installed in mobile phones of farmers/market users/traders having Internet facility to download real time market prices and arrival data directly on their mobile phones! This is a service extension to reach more farmers/users via mobile apps. (Source: Mr. Canning Shabong, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Meghalaya. Read his post on Zizira)We did not immediately find the price trend of bird’s eye chilli that comes to the wholesale markets of Meghalaya, but the discovery was that there is a Meghalaya State Government Marketing portal that provides farm produce prices! Okay! This is not a huge discovery which made Zizira explorers jump up with joy for the farmers! Yet important learning and very satisfying to see that Government agencies are trying to do what best is possible to help the farming community. Do you agree? Tell us what you think. Add them as comments.
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