Vidarbha Farmers and Farm Widows hanged the Union Finance Minister and Agri. Minister effigies to protest UPA Govt.’s Anti-cotton farmer policies
On the eve of the central budget today in the epicenter of farm suicide Yavtmal around 150 k.m. away from Nagpur thousands s vidarbha farmers and hundreds of farm widows done very violent protest by hanging the effigies of union minister of finance and agriculture to attack the attention towards anti- cotton farmers policies of the government demanding complete lifting of ban on coton export bailout package for dying cotton farmers and rehabilitation of 10,000 farm widows victims of globalization and introduction new GMO seed of BT. Cotton Technology.
‘free trade and Bt.cotton seed has killed more 2,00,000 farmers in
Since June 2005 vidarbha’s cotton belt is reporting daily 2 to 3 farm suicides and “These suicides are being triggered due to recent imposition of quantitative restriction 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’s claim 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