No change in “MSP for Cotton and Soyabean” is betrayal of 3 million vidarbha farmers -VJAS
Nagpur- Dated-23rd august 2009,
No change in “MSP for Cotton and Soyabean” is betrayal of 3 million vidarbha farmers as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), which revised the MSP for kharif crops for the 2009-10 season on Thursday ,has rejected the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) regarding the increase in MSP hike cotton, soyabean, jowar and groundnut-in-shell and this will increase distress and despair prevailing in the region whixh under agrarian crisis and more than 6000 debt trapped distressed farmers have already killed themselves and recent dry spell has reported more farm suicides from vidarbha region.
As the complete vidarbha has been worst hit by drought and state has already declared most of talukas as drought prone ,it was expected that central Govt.will provide healing touch to more than 8 million farmers of Maharashtra who have lost most of standing crop of Cotton,Soyabean and Jawar by increasing MSP of Cotton Soyabean and Jawar as per recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), Kishor Tiwari Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press note today.
Vidarbha are shocked to learn that this for coming season central Govt. has taken decision that are there will be no increase in the minimum support price(MSP) for Jowar, Bajra, Maize, Ragi, Urad Dal, Groundnut-In-Shell, Soyabean, Sunflower Seed, Nigerseed and Cotton “ in fact in Maharashtra drought hit region Vidarbha ,Marathawada,Khandesh and North Maharashtra 90% crop is Cotton Soyabean and Jawar and yield is likely to come down to 50% due to drought and pest attack and cost of production due hike in input cost ,has been almost double and these facts were told to the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) in detail and CACP recommended central Govt. to increase MSP of Cotton and Soyabean to Rs.3600 from Rs.3000 and Rs.1860 from Rs.1560 respectively but these recommendations have been rejected allowing drought hit distressed dying farmer to commit suicide, but Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has ignored this which is unfortunate decision hence we demand it’s review “ Kishor Tiwari urged Indian Prime Minister in letter.
“UPA Govt. before election has given promise that dying farmers will get reasonable MSP and UPA Govt. more sensitive to the hardships of dying farmers but after the election year, Central Govt. has changed it’s outlook toward the cash crop growing farmers who are playing key role in increasing so called agriculture growth ,are being completely ignored and specially Cotton and Soyabean farmers of vidarbha who are in focus due to on going farm suicides and drought and the decision to keep MSP of cotton and soybean unchanged even after the intervention of CACP is keep is not to interest of Cotton Million Owners and Soyabean Extraction Industries alive as there was big demand of cotton traders and textile mill owners to reduce the MSP of cotton but Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in his last meeting even after commerce minitry and special efforts of Cooperate cum cricket Minister Sharad Pawar , but Govt. failed to do so due to drought prone condition in the country but after Maharashtra assembly election in October such reduction in MSP of Cotton and Soybean is on card ” Tiwari said.
“UPA Govt. is urged to review MSP of Cotton and Soybean to Rs.3600 from Rs.3000 and Rs.1860 from Rs.1560 respectively in order to save dying 3 million farmers” Tiwari demanded.