Thursday, February 24, 2011

Six more vidarbha farmers’ suicides in last 72 hours: Quantitative restrictions killing Vidarbha Farmers-VJAS

Nagpur -25TH February 2011

There is no respite to the respite cotton and paddy growers of vidarbha as in last 72 hours six more farmer suicides reported taking toll to 82 in year 2011

the recent victims of vidarbha agrarian crisis are

1.Tukaram Tiwade of Kasargoan in Chandrapur

2.Atmaram Rante of Lingi in Yavatmal

3.Gopal Lomate of Yevatibandi in Washim

4 Pundlik Bhise of Warkhede in Amaravati

5.Kashirath Parteti of Nara in Wardha

6.Vinod Bhuse of lakhodakhurd in Akola

“These suicides are being triggered due to recent imposition of quantitative restrication of export on cotton and paddy .cotton farmers were forced to sale cotton @ Rs.4000 per quintal where as paady growers are forced sale @ Rs.850/- per quintal less than MSP of Rs.1050/- as there is no procurement from state owned agency” Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti(VJAS )informed in press release today

‘The excessive rain followed clod wave has ruined cotton and paddy crop of region and there is no taker to the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar of bumper record crop cotton and paddy this year as 110 lakh hector area under cultivation cotton crop yield has been dropped by state itself from 375 lahs bales to 275 lakhs bales where as actual arrival has not crossed 190 lakh bales ,cotton growers are in deep trouble but state has not been able sense the serious of ciriss’ Tiwari added

“Why put a restriction on cotton export when there is good demand in global market and benefits of good price can be passed on to cotton farmers who have suffered for over a decade because of unremunerative prices. Govt. influenced by strong lobbying by textile mill owners who want cheap raw material to increase their profit margins. central Govt. working under unholy cartel of textile lobby and corrupt Babus are killing the vidarbha cotton farmer ” Tiwari of alleged.

VJAS demand the centre to review the decision of the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) retain the cap of 55 lakh bales of natural fibre shipments for the current cotton season as of now and deferred decision of increasing it to 75 lakh bales as earlier decided by union Govt. and ‘quota free’ cotton export policy


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