Why were the farmers of Bihar and Bengal unwilling to grow opium?
The farmers of Bihar and Bengal were unwilling to grow opium because
- Opium had to be grown on the lands where pulses were grown.
- Farmers were poor, didn’t own land to cultivate opium. They had to pay rent.
- The cultivation of opium was difficult as the plant was delicate and spent more hours in nurturing it.
- The price paid to cultivators for the opium was very low.