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Initiative to cut out middlemen and tackle rising food prices reaps rewards in newly divided Andhra Pradesh state.
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As the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh prepares to be officially divided on Monday, farmers in the new state aim to cut back on the influence of middlemen, who get away with bulk of profits from their produce.

India has seen a steep hike in vegetable and fruit prices, a point underscored by a World Bank report, and ordinary farmers are on the receiving end of the price hikes.

Low agricultural productivity, drought and poor infrastructure are to be blamed for the farmers’ misery, but a defunct systemwhere licenced middlemen, or traders who distribute the farmer's products to retailers, end up increasing prices for customers.

To tackle this problem, in 1999, then chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, started the rythu bazaar or farmers' market initiative.

Farmers and their produce are transported from surrounding villages to a dedicated place in the closest major city where they can directly interact with consumers and sell their items. So buyers get lower prices and farmer's get a fair profitwithout the supply chain costs - a win-win situation.

Al Jazeera visited one of these bazaars in the city of Vijayawada in March just as the state was gearing up to vote.

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The rythu bazaar or farmers market is a dedicated space in the major cities of Andhra Pradesh state where farmers can directly sell their produce rather than via middlemen.



/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
Started in 1999, rythu bazaars have now sprung up in most major cities of the state. Here farmers bring all kinds of produce, even non-edible items like flowers, which are used in Hindu rituals.


/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera

Atluri Saradhi, 60, from Kunchanapalli village says the upcoming division of the state is worrying: "The Telangana politicians say they will not let the water come here...If they block the river then our wells will dry up".



/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
The rising prices of onions, a major ingredient in Indian food, is an issue the new government faces. Contributing factors can be low productivity and the system of middlemen in the supply chain.


/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
Farmers from surrounding villages use government transportation to carry their produce to the city.


/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
At the bazaar, farmers of all ages can be found. One farmer G Shivnarayan said that from his earnings he was able provide an education for his children.


/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
About halfway through the day, farmers are asked to submit a tally of how much they have sold of what item. Their names and licenses are registered for government records and to ensure fair prices are being observed.


/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera

While the farmers have responded positively to the rythu bazaar scheme and said they are happy, the lack of consistent electricity and water on their farms is on their minds.



/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera

This farmer from China Ogirala village who sells ivy gourd says: "I am angry. There is no electricity. The government is promising free electricity. They could charge us for proper electricity. Did they ever ask us if we wanted it for free?"



/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
The open air Swaraj Maidan Rythu Bazaar is located in a busy area of the city.


/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
This farmer says while he has enough electricity and water at his farm, he does worry what will happen after the division.


/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
Most of the farmers say they are happy with the initiative as they can directly interact with the customers and receive fair returns for their produce.


/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
Customers, even tourists pictured here, visit the rythu bazaar, which has become famous for its low prices and fresh products.


/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
Women have their own stalls at the bazaar for selling their produce to support their families.


/Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera
Vijayawada has many air-conditioned supermarkets dotting the city and residential areas, but shoppers told Al Jazeera that the prices at the bazaar are unbeatable.



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The rythu bazaar or farmers market is a dedicated space in the major cities of Andhra Pradesh state where farmers can directly sell their produce rather than via middlemen.

;*;Started in 1999, rythu bazaars have now sprung up in most major cities of the state. Here farmers bring all kinds of produce, even non-edible items like flowers, which are used in Hindu rituals.;*;

Atluri Saradhi, 60, from Kunchanapalli village says the upcoming division of the state is worrying: "The Telangana politicians say they will not let the water come here...If they block the river then our wells will dry up".

;*;The rising prices of onions, a major ingredient in Indian food, is an issue the new government faces. Contributing factors can be low productivity and the system of middlemen in the supply chain.;*;Farmers from surrounding villages use government transportation to carry their produce to the city.;*;At the bazaar, farmers of all ages can be found. One farmer G Shivnarayan said that from his earnings he was able provide an education for his children.;*;About halfway through the day, farmers are asked to submit a tally of how much they have sold of what item. Their names and licenses are registered for government records and to ensure fair prices are being observed.;*;

While the farmers have responded positively to the rythu bazaar scheme and said they are happy, the lack of consistent electricity and water on their farms is on their minds.

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This farmer from China Ogirala village who sells ivy gourd says: "I am angry. There is no electricity. The government is promising free electricity. They could charge us for proper electricity. Did they ever ask us if we wanted it for free?"

;*;The open air Swaraj Maidan Rythu Bazaar is located in a busy area of the city.;*;This farmer says while he has enough electricity and water at his farm, he does worry what will happen after the division.;*;Most of the farmers say they are happy with the initiative as they can directly interact with the customers and receive fair returns for their produce.;*;Customers, even tourists pictured here, visit the rythu bazaar, which has become famous for its low prices and fresh products.;*;Women have their own stalls at the bazaar for selling their produce to support their families.;*;Vijayawada has many air-conditioned supermarkets dotting the city and residential areas, but shoppers told Al Jazeera that the prices at the bazaar are unbeatable. Daylife ID:
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In Pictures: Indian farmers' market Initiative to cut out middlemen and tackle rising food prices reaps rewards in to-be-divided Andhra Pradesh state.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhraen-ussupport@newscred.comUntitled Site10Sun, 01 Jun 2014 13:54:35 GMT http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/181986d356f5220b05f634031cbf669fThe Rythu Bazaar or farmers market is a dedicated space in the major cities of Andhra Pradesh state where farmers can directly sell their produce rather than via middlemen.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/181986d356f5220b05f634031cbf669fUmika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera The Rythu Bazaar or farmers market is a dedicated space in the major cities of Andhra Pradesh state where farmers can directly sell their produce rather than via middlemen. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/1e8016c8ce291f7040e5568167dfe530The rising prices of onions, a major ingredient in Indian food, is an issue the new government faces. Contributing factors can be low productivity and the system of middlemen in the supply chain.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/1e8016c8ce291f7040e5568167dfe530Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera The rising prices of onions, a major ingredient in Indian food, is an issue the new government faces. Contributing factors can be low productivity and the system of middlemen in the supply chain. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/9934ba05324e7205b966c18bab104706Started in 1999, rythu bazaars have now sprung up in most major cities of the state. Here farmers bring all kinds of produce, even non-edible items like flowers, which are used in Hindu rituals.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/9934ba05324e7205b966c18bab104706Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera Started in 1999, rythu bazaars have now sprung up in most major cities of the state. Here farmers bring all kinds of produce, even non-edible items like flowers, which are used in Hindu rituals. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/4bf749c21af78d72c0ff1771b4bc110bAtluri Saradhi, 60, from Kunchanapalli village says the upcoming division of the state is worrying: 'The Telangana politicians say they will not let the water come here...If they block the river then our wells will dry up.'http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/4bf749c21af78d72c0ff1771b4bc110bUmika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera Atluri Saradhi, 60, from Kunchanapalli village says the upcoming division of the state is worrying: 'The Telangana politicians say they will not let the water come here...If they block the river then our wells will dry up.' http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/254ab6f7ab9c905fc3fb0e8ee7eb96faFarmers from surrounding villages use government transportation to carry their produce to the city.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/254ab6f7ab9c905fc3fb0e8ee7eb96faUmika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera Farmers from surrounding villages use government transportation to carry their produce to the city. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/d20629dae9622f37e6059594e09ccd6eAt the bazaar, farmers of all ages can be found. One farmer G Shivnarayan said that from his earnings he was able provide an education for his children.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/d20629dae9622f37e6059594e09ccd6eUmika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera At the bazaar, farmers of all ages can be found. One farmer G Shivnarayan said that from his earnings he was able provide an education for his children. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/343df0e5bb78aa6b98270320773cd28bAbout halfway through the day, farmers are asked to submit a tally of how much they have sold of what item. Their names and licenses are registered for government records and to ensure fair prices are being observed.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/343df0e5bb78aa6b98270320773cd28bUmika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera About halfway through the day, farmers are asked to submit a tally of how much they have sold of what item. Their names and licenses are registered for government records and to ensure fair prices are being observed. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/f1c36ac2c676d0a6f456c5fcfb6f7d9cLack of regular electricity and water is an issue that farmers such as this one from a village in Krishna district face every day.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/f1c36ac2c676d0a6f456c5fcfb6f7d9cUmika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera Lack of regular electricity and water is an issue that farmers such as this one from a village in Krishna district face every day. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/493f5879b4f9f08b09d4f1f6b2ab8e55This farmer from China Ogirala village who sells ivy gourd says: 'I am angry. There is no electricity. The government is promising free electricity. They could charge us for proper electricity. Did they ever ask us if we wanted it for free.'http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/493f5879b4f9f08b09d4f1f6b2ab8e55Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera This farmer from China Ogirala village who sells ivy gourd says: 'I am angry. There is no electricity. The government is promising free electricity. They could charge us for proper electricity. Did they ever ask us if we wanted it for free.' http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/10efecf9b6566adfa42e3a9c0607be08The open air Swaraj Maidan Rythu Bazaar is located in a busy area of the city.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/10efecf9b6566adfa42e3a9c0607be08Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera The open air Swaraj Maidan Rythu Bazaar is located in a busy area of the city. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/f9617109320aa38e1532bdbca8e7cc40This farmer says while he has enough electricity and water at his farm, he does worry what will happen after the division.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/f9617109320aa38e1532bdbca8e7cc40Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera This farmer says while he has enough electricity and water at his farm, he does worry what will happen after the division. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/bab4730d63a3ddb303a1485a41fe78b5Most of the farmers say they are happy with the initiative as they can directly interact with the customers and receive fair returns for their produce.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/bab4730d63a3ddb303a1485a41fe78b5Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera Most of the farmers say they are happy with the initiative as they can directly interact with the customers and receive fair returns for their produce. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/6f3ad48036026cae7a1f38cc979b32c4Customers, even tourists pictured here, visit the rythu bazaar, which has become famous for its low prices and fresh products.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/6f3ad48036026cae7a1f38cc979b32c4Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera Customers, even tourists pictured here, visit the rythu bazaar, which has become famous for its low prices and fresh products. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/e04e341b11d609dd706b9357e264bcbeWomen have their own stalls at the bazaar for selling their produce to support their families.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/e04e341b11d609dd706b9357e264bcbeUmika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera Women have their own stalls at the bazaar for selling their produce to support their families. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/e608b541a5565269ea0c5ee8f9cd3836Vijayawada has many air-conditioned supermarkets dotting the city and residential areas, but shoppers told Al Jazeera that the prices at the bazaar are unbeatable.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/farmers-market-india-seemandhra/slideshow/no-caption/e608b541a5565269ea0c5ee8f9cd3836Umika Pidaparthy/ Al Jazeera Vijayawada has many air-conditioned supermarkets dotting the city and residential areas, but shoppers told Al Jazeera that the prices at the bazaar are unbeatable.

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