Micro market management
Middlemen rampantly exploit the tribal markets where a lack of awareness on pricing further impoverishes the tribal farmer.
It is Friday—the weekly market day in Lohandiguda, close to the famous Chitrakoot Waterfalls in Bastar. Sonmati has been preparing for this day for a week now. Her husband had felled ripe tamarind pods from a tree in their farmstead and Sonmati had manually removed the shell, the fibre and then decorticated the pod to remove the seeds. What she now has is a basket full of the decorticated tamarind, locally known as 'phool imli'.