Tuesday, April 2, 2019
The lake – Ahmed Nasra:
During winter and early spring, large areas of the central farms of Hamada and Badr in the province of Beheira turn red together with the ripe strawberry fruits that reach the peak of the season these days. this year, farmers face problems that threaten them Marketing culture for several reasons.
At first, strawberry grower Ahmed Agha says: "There is currently an increase in the supply of strawberries. That is why strawberry prices have fallen this year despite high costs from us, worth 100 or 120 thousand pounds The price of a carat of strawberries, And the daily worker reached 120 pounds, not yet available and we attracted employment from other provinces like Ismailia, Eastern and Menoufia.
"The price of strawberries tested free of pesticides reached 2 kilos of varieties, and 3 kilos for the category of Fretona and 3.5 for the category of Vistival and natural prices that are consistent with the cost imposed not less than 8 kilos and despite these are the two problems that will be eliminated.
"Come to Shiloh .. Strawberries for Free" Addressing Mahmoud Mahmoud – farmer, senior traders explaining that farmers are facing losses and unable to commercialize the crop at the same time exaggerated and prices at which strawberries are sold to the consumer much more expensive than that the price of delivery to the merchant and even sold by profit margin. Chilo reasonable will not exceed 3 pounds for normal items and 5 pounds for luxury.
"Enterprises and factories have entered as a competitor in agriculture and grow large areas on their own, and we need to open up the country's factories excessively in Lake Governorate, the largest agricultural province with only one factory, and also require the opening of export markets to accommodate the great production "Defines Haj Nasser Zaidan – And develop your proposals to solve the problem.
"We face other problems, which are the monopolistic practices of export companies, which receive the crop for 11 months without declared prices," says farmer Mahmoud Fathallah. "Producers still do not know the price at which they will be charged in the absence of any control to protect them from the exporters' greed."