THE STATE president of the BJP farmers’ wing Ashok Patidar will lead a 24-member delegation to the world farmers’ fair to be held in Dubai from December 8 to 11.
Patidar told Hindustan Times that the delegation would include farmers and traders of medicinal plants and herbs and they would put up a stall at the fair.
Some of the main members of the delegation are Ram Patidar of Dhamnod who cultivates medicinal plants, Mishrilal Rajput of Bhopal who cultivates aromatic plants, Rajiv Sodhi of Indore and a few large-scale traders of Indore and Bhopal doing business of these plants.
The State Government has been sponsoring the programme for the last three years and the expenses per head will be about Rs 20,000.
Patidar said that the stall would have safed moosli, chirayta, lemongrass, citrola oil and amla products and the aim of keeping these products in the stall is to make the world aware of the benefits and uses of these plants.
The other aim is to look at the nature of demand and supply in the world market so that the farmers of the State could be advised to grow those plants, which are of high value in the international market.
This will not only make the farmers financially sound but also fetch good amount of foreign exchange to the country. Rajiv Sodhi, the owner of S V Healthy Herbs, India, which is spread over about 100 bighas on Khandwa road in Indore, has attended this fair twice—in 2004 and 2005.
Sodhi who deals in raw herbal materials in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Bengal told Hindustan Times, “The fair helps us realise the needs of the world market”.
Looking at the demand of the global market, he is taking three products of coleus juice and candy of amla this year. About the biggest advantage of such fairs to the farmers of India, he said that the cultivators learn about selling the agro products and he does not have to depend on the mediators any more.
In India, the main reason for the poor condition of the farmers is that the mediators exploit them from all sides and the farmer is always a loser even after doing all the hard work.
Ram Patidar of Dhamnod said that it was the benefit of globalisation to the farmers that with the help of such international fairs, farmers get good knowledge about the products to be grown to get maximum cash value for it.
It should be seen as a beginning and soon such fairs will be organised in India. The delegation will depart on December 6 from Bhopal where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will see them off.