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Amreli: Farmers create ruckus over ‘low prices’ at cotton auction

Trouble started as soon as the auction of cotton began in the morning.

Farmers on Tuesday created a ruckus in Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee of Babra in Amreli district over the alleged low quotation of cotton prices. However,the issue was resolved after marketing yard authorities intervened.

Trouble started as soon as the auction of cotton began in the morning. The traders quoted prices below Rs 600 per 20 kg,triggering protest from farmers. AMPC secretary Ajay Pandya held a meeting with traders and buyers and re-started auction,but the stand off continued.

“The farmers were demanding that the auction bids start from Rs 600 onwards. However,traders were wary of buying cotton damaged by rain at that price,” Pandya said.

However,AMPC chairman Jivaji Rathod convinced traders and owners of ginning and processing factories to start auction. “While the traders agreed to start auction bids from Rs 600 onwards for good quality cotton,they were given liberty to quote low prices for cotton drenched in rain,” Rathod said.

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The auction began for the third time at 1:30 pm,but had to be halted at around 4:30 as heavy rain lashed the area. “The highest price was Rs 1,160 while the lowest was Rs 660. The average price hovered at around Rs 830,” the APMC secretary said.

Babra is a among the major marketing yards of cotton in Saurashtra. The inflow of the white commodity was 3,500 quintal on Tuesday.