VJAS Demands Rs.4,500 as Cotton Procurement Price-TIMES OF INDIA
VJAS Demands Rs.4,500 as Cotton Procurement Price
TNN, Sep 10, 2010, 06.53am IST
NAGPUR: Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), an advocacy group representing cotton farmers, has demanded an increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of cotton from the current 3,000 a quintal to 4,500.
It is also strongly objecting to the recommendation of the Maharashtra State Co-operativeCotton Growers Marketing Federation Limited (Mahacot) to the central government to raise cotton MSP to 3,500, when spot market prices and future trading rates were ruling above 4,000, Kishor Tiwari of VJAS said here on Thursday.
"Since last four months, cotton bales were being quoted above 35,000 and cottonseed is being sold above 1,500 a quintal. Future trading till December in national and international commodity exchanges is showing a bullish trend amid reports of massive cotton crop losses in India, China, Pakistan as well as in the United States because of bad weather conditions," Tiwari explained.
He said that cotton federation chairman NP Hirani's recommendation of 3,500 as MSP was ridiculous as it would only benefit the trading community, who can get the commodity cheap from the farmers and take advantage of the export market. "We will not allow this conspiracy by cotton traders and Mahacot," said Tiwari.
He claimed reports indicated heavy losses in kharif season 2010-11 in areas under cultivation, which is spread over 110 lakh hectares. Excessive rains have damaged most of the standing Bt cotton crop and even as cultivation cost has doubled, because of higher vegetative growth of weeds and fertilizers needed for Bt crop," said Tiwari.
"Only a price of 4,500 can help cotton growers tide over the difficult situation caused by excessive rains," the VJAS leader stressed.
VIDARBHA JANANDOLAN SAMITI PRESIDENT – KISHORE TIWARI, B.E. (Mech.Engg.), M.B.A., LL.B., M.A. (Pub. & Admn.), M.A. Sociology, M.I.S. (USA), Fellow - I.E.H., Fellow – Institution of Engineers (India)- CHARTERED ENGINEER BACKGROUND : Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti is fighting for the cause of common man since 1998. Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti is constantly pursuing its battle on various fronts like – a.Administrative b.Judicial c.Quasi-judicial d.Legislative e.Parliamentary f.International levels PUBLIC ISSUES : 1.Farmers suicides 2.Mal nutrition of Tribals. 3.Plights of Rural economy 4.Drinking water 5.Right to Food 6.Right to Education 7.Problems of Minorities 8.Issue of Separate Statehood to Vidarbha THE EFFECT OF MOVEMENT : The continued follow up and Jan Andolans of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti has resulted in many success broadly classified as – 1.Waiver of small farmers crop loans 2.interest remission to marginal farmers 3.right to food to the lacs of tribals. 4.Primary Education to every rural students. 5.Farmers packages 6.BPL benefits to thousands of poor families. 7.Justice to unwed mothers