Ragi for rice, vegetables for milk: Old Mysuru returns to barter

MYSURU: While city dwellers turn to delivery apps and electronic retailers for supplies, villagers in the Old region have revived an ancient system of trade, barter, to ensure they get the value of millet from rice or milk and curd. maybe.

A week later, the villages decided to market food grains, millet, vegetables, milk, and dairy products to ensure that each household got what they needed. “In rural areas, most families are running out of cash. So we decided to exchange goods, instead, ”said the state president and Hasiru Sene. In Kyathanahalli, Jinnahalli and Halanahalli in HD Kote taluk, for example, farmers are exchanging goods and services, he added.

Those without goods offer work in exchange

The trend soon traveled to other villages, and cash began to decline. He said both organizations urged villagers to exchange goods during the shutdown so that no one would fight to meet basic needs.

Those who have grown rice exchange it for the same amount of millet (ragi), the two staple foods in this region. They use the winnowing basket to decide the quantity, said Nagendra. “Farmer-grown vegetables, groceries, milk, and dairy products are exchanged at prevailing rates. Those without goods to exchange offer labor, doing small jobs around the home in exchange for merchandise.

Raitha Sangha (Nanjundaswamy faction), president of the Mysuru district unit, TR Vidyasagar, Nanjanagud resident, said: “This system has also been picked up by neighboring villages. Due to the blocking and falling prices of vegetables, farmers do not have cash. So naturally it became popular here. ” The temple city of Nanjangud is completely closed after 12 employees of a pharmaceutical company tested positive for Covid-19.

Between Nanjangud and HD Kote, there are more than 400 villages and the barter system is catching on, Nagendra said.

For more than a week, villagers have been unable to visit ATMs in nearby cities due to the closure. “Pay milk suppliers once a week by depositing money into their bank accounts. But due to the blockade, that money is not accessible now, Vidyasagar said.

In addition to dairy products and agriculture, villagers supply and sell fruits, vegetables, and flowers in nearby cities. “All of these activities are affected by the blockade and there is no disposable income. The acquisition amount of rice and ragi has also not yet been deposited. Since there is now little or no supply of farm produce and produce from the villages to the city, farmers have no cash, Nagendra said.