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Dispatch 28 | Vegetables Rot in Delhi’s Wholesale Market

Dispatch 28 | Vegetables Rot in Delhi’s Wholesale Market

In this 28th video dispatch in the StoriesAsia On The Road series, our reporters met with vendors at the Azadpur Mandi (wholesale market for fruits and vegetables) in India’s national capital of Delhi days before the Central government opened up the agriculture sector beginning April 20. 

The vendors said they weren’t able to sell what they were buying from farmers, and that stray cattle were feasting on the rotten vegetables that they were throwing away in bulk. Given that the fear of the police was keeping buyers away from the market, they didn’t appear hopeful about better business even after the official relaxation of the lockdown for the farmers and wholesale markets. 

India is now in its fourth week of a nationwide lockdown which is considered one of the harshest around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

** “On the Road” is a new series by StoriesAsia on the Coronavirus outbreak where we bring you stories that help you respond to this ongoing historic pandemic. Using their vehicles, StoriesAsia journalists will travel around to bring you stories of not just pain and suffering but also healing and heroism.

StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.

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