Incident Reports

Ilam tea farmers in protest mood


Province 1, Ilam, Suryodaya

Tea farmers in Ilam district are agitated over not getting appropriate price of tea. The tea growers of Suryodaya municipality are agitated citing they were not getting even the minimum price determined by the local government. They have formed a struggle committee and are mulling waging a protest movement. The tea farmers met with the Assistant Chief District Officer, Mohan Neupane, on Monday and handed him a memorandum, urging the district administration to have the agreements reached before implemented.

The Suryodaya Municipality had fixed the minimum price of tea produced by the farmers at Rs 40 per kilogramme last year before this, following consultations with the tea entrepreneurs and the farmers. Tea Farmers Struggle Committee coordinator Sonam Chhiring Kaji (Gyani) said they are compelled to go for strike as the entrepreneurs have told farmers that they would be paying only Rs 20 to Rs 30 per kilogramme.

It is said the cost of production of the farmers is Rs 37.5 per kilogramme. Kaji said the price the entrepreneurs were offering them, Rs 20 per kilogramme, is peanuts and the farmers would be at loss at this price. The farmers have demanded that the tea entrepreneurs return their green tea if they are not willing to give the appropriate price for their produce.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Gherau/Dharna (sit-in)/padlocking
Primary Cause Access/control of economic markets (syndicates, market relocation)
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Labor organization, trade unions and other organizations based on economic demands
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health)
Actor 2 - Youth na
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