Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis claims Five more Farmers Suicides in last 48 hours taking toll to 608 in 2010
Nagpur-10th October , 2010
Vidarbha agrarian crisis are further deepen as cotton crop has received fresh threats of ‘Lalya fungal attack (Redning of leaves)’ that ruined whole cotton crop in year 2006 forcing maharashtra Govt. give more than Rs.2000 million compensation to west vidarbha cotton farmers now adding fuel already lost cotton crop due excessive rain in August and September resulting five more farmers suicides in last 48 hours taking toll 608 in year 2010
Recent victims of vidarbha agrarian crisis are -
1.Damodhar Kavare of Tarodi in Yavatmal
2.Arvind Bhumare of Ugava in
3.Bhaiyyalal Somankar of Suri in Chandrapur
4.Atmaram Madavi of Dahegoan in Yavatmal
5.Vijay Ghorad of Ramapur in
after heavy rain almost spoiled the complete cotton crop in more than 3 million hector resulting huge economic losses to tune of more than Rs.4000 crore adding more pain already existing Despondency, despair and accumulated actuate deep distress is triggering the farm suicides ,Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti(VJAS )informed in press release today
This is clear cut sign of severe agrarian crisis in the region because of the fact that for kharif season 2010-11 area under cultivation of Bt.cotton is above 110 lakhs and record rain and massive floods in cotton cultivating areas has damaged most of standing Bt.cotton crop and excessive rain has jumped the cultivation cost to double, but expected yield is likely to reduce to 50% resulting more than Rs.27,000 crore huge financial losses to Indian cotton growers, hence our demand to raise cotton MSP of Rs.4500/- per quintal to compensate farmers accumulated losses ,it need of the hour , Kishor Tiwari of VJAS added.
Hence total cultivation expenses in dry land rain fed area for Bt.cotton is more than Rs.25,000 per hector , even the yield matches the toll claim of US MNC’s Monsanto then even too farmers breakeven cost at home is more than Rs.4,000/- per quintal hence due massive flood in china and Pakistan the Indian cotton demand will be higher hence higher MSP will protect the cotton farmer from blood sucking trader community area hence we demand higher MSP for cotton that’s minimum Rs.4,500/- per quintal ,Tiwari urged the CACP.
Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) advocacy group representing more than 3 million Maharashtra cotton farmers has strongly objected the plea of The Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation Limited (MAHACOT) to central Govt. to raise cotton MSP from Rs.3000/- to Rs 3500/- per quintal when market prices at spot and future are trading above Rs.4000/- per quintal, Kishor Tiwari of VJAS informed in press release today.
“Since last four months cotton bales rate is above Rs.35000/- and cotton seed is being sold above Rs.1500/- per quintal and future trading till December in national and international commodity exchanges are showing bullish trend and massive cotton crop losses in India ,China, Pakistan and USA and west vidarbha. cotton growers has urged Indian Govt. to ask CACP to raise cotton MSP of Rs.4500/- per quintal to compensate farmers accumulated losses but day before yesterday Dr.N.P.Hirani, Chairman Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation Limited (MAHACOT) has officially asked Govt. of India to raise MSP from Rs.3000/- to Rs 4200/- per quintal ,this is clear indication of urgency to raise the cotton MSP , Kishore Tiwari said in press release.