These exporters, who witnessed a sudden recession following cancellation of orders during the lockdown in China and other south Asian countries, are leaving no stone unturned to make up for losses.
However, amid this sudden surge of excitement, the one major stumbling block is that the Guntur agriculture market yard is closed. Sources said that exporters are trying to convince farmers to resume work by offering them a good price and telling them that the prices may go down if the opportunity gets wasted.
Sources further informed that exporters are also exerting pressure on officials as well as peoples’ representatives to resume operations in the chilli market yard citing the relaxation granted by the Centre for movement of agricultural commodities.
However, the district administration has reportedly sent a report to the state government strongly advocating for the continuance of the lockdown in the market yard owing to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Guntur district, particularly in Guntur city.
District collector Samuel Anand Kumar is reported to have requested the agriculture and marketing department to not grant any concessions to agriculture market yard authorities since the situation is very grim in the city.
In fact, Guntur city has reported nearly 100 positive cases of Covid-19 of the 126 cases reported in the district. Since the market yard is located within the city, it would be difficult to contain the spread of the Covid-19 in case business resumes.
Curiously, local merchants and workmen are also reluctant to take part in business activity at the moment. “We are not in a hurry to open the yard for transactions as the situation is not conducive yet,” market yard chairman Chandragiri Yesurathnam told TOI.
Local merchants also contend that yard should not be allowed to open at this juncture as the city is reporting more cases of the novel coronavirus. “About 5,000-6,000 people will be moving around in the yard once it is opened for transactions, which is not wise,” said a leading trader L Kranti Sekhar.