Soybean and cotton farmers in Maharashtra's Vidarbha
region have planned to boycott Diwali, the festival of lights, this
year after receiving poor crop yields.
Soyabean and cotton are primary crops grown in the drought-prone
Vidarbha region. Due to delayed monsoons, poor rainfall and pest
attacks, the crop has been damaged this year.
Farmers have little money left after cutting and selling their crop.
majority of the farmers have invested their money on the crops, but
have incurred losses. Therefore, this year, they have decided to
is for high-class people and not for us. This year, we didn't have
good crop yields. Most of the crops have bee damaged.
Whatever money we had, we have invested it on crops," said Datta
Shirke, a farmer.
Soyabean crops are usually ready for the market before Diwali. But
this year, due to delay in crop cutting, the crop is still lying in
Besides, pests have also damaged the crop.
had some hope this year of receiving a good crop. Then, we could
have celebrated Diwali. But now that all our crops are destroyed, we
are in no mood to celebrate Diwali. We have no money to spend during
this festival," said Manohar Nagose, another farmer.