Rejection of Cotton Price Rise Demand-
‘Vidarbha Farmers burnt effigy of Sharad Pawar’
kolzari-Yavatmal dated-29th November 2010
Sharad Pawar rejection of Maharashtra State Co-Operative Cotton Marketing Federation demand of raising cotton procurement price from Rs.3000 MSP to Rs.4200 per quintal has received very violent reaction mark by the protest all over vidarbha and VJAS activist has burnt the effigy of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today protesting her announcement the demand of cotton price rise is baseless and central will not consider it.
Maharashtra State Co-Operative Cotton Marketing Federation silver jubilee function on November 28 in Mumbai amidst mounting losses and prospects of a lower cotton production of the produce this year in the state has left dying 3 million vidarbha cotton farmers most dejected when Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has rejected the demand made by Dr.N.P.Hirani chairman , Maharashtra State Co-Operative Cotton Marketing Federation that this year in Maharashtra record 42 lacs hector cotton has been lost due to wet drought and cotton cultivation cost has been double hence central Govt. to raise minimum support rice (MSP) to Rs.4,200 quintal from today’s Rs.3000/- per quintal which unchanged by CACP since 2007,Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Janndolan Samiti informed today .
“Sharad Pawar rejection to the chapter of demands of Maharashtra State Co-Operative Cotton Marketing Federation will certainly add fuel to farm suicide spiral which has claimec more than 8000 farmers since 2005 more over in last 48 hours seven more vidarbha farmers suicide have been reported and victims are identified as
1.Arun Mahurle of Chikhalgoan in Chandrapur
2.Hemant Padole of Of Borgoan inwardha
3.Yuvraj Pudakkare of Virali in Bhandara
4.Vijay Wankhede of Borgoan(Manju) in
5.Sudhir Sable of Anakwadi in Amaravati
6.Zhaganlalan Rahgandale of Padulkoma iIn Gondia
7.Subhash Adhav of Uti in Yavatmal
Taking tally 688 in the year 2010 ,informed Kishor Tiwari of VJAS today
“Distressed and dying farmers needs food security ,health facility to critically ill members of distressed farming community and provision for direct financial assistance to daughter marriage along with free fodder and potable water but till date only promises are given ,not relief resulting these farmers suicides” alleged Kishore Tiwari of VJAS.
‘we are expecting central intervention to stop this mass genocide of innocent farmers who are victims of wrong policies promoted by state as in dry land area rain sensitive crop like Bt.cotton is being cultivated in more than 95% causing huge financial losses to the cotton farmers and water crisis in the area. We have demanding the ban on rain sensitive crop in this region and promotion of food crop in all rain fed area of vidarbha since 2004 but nobody is giving any attention to this serious demand resulting more and more farm suicides in the region’ Tiwari added,
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Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti