Thursday, May 19, 2011

Vidarbha Farmers welcomes decision to Permit 15 lakh Cotton Bale Export

Vidarbha Farmers welcomes decision to Permit 15 lakh Cotton Bale Export

Nagpur - May 20, 2011

Vidarbha cotton farmers who are killing themselves due to cotton price crash after the imposition of export ban on cotton bales welcome the assurance given by Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to Gujarat congress delegation who met today pressing hard demand increase in Cotton export per Gujarat Congress’s statement, the delegation demanded approval of 1.5 million bale export of Cotton which “was accepted by Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran” and it is also reported that Maran told delegation that he would call Cotton Advisory Board’s meeting and promised that export of 15 lakh bale will be permitted, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti VJAS informed in press note today .

As cotton price are further crashed in India more farmers suicides are being reported the reason for much Taboo on Cotton exports from India is result of unholy cartel of finger counting textile tycoon and Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran which is responsible for present cotton rowers crisis in India ,farm activist group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti VJAS allged and urged Indian prime minister to sack Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran to save more than 5 million dying cotton farmers of Maharashtra .

“This is not complete relief as 15 lakhs cotton bales export permission is peanut as against demand of 15 million bales but it will certainly stop the raw cotton prices restoration in local market where farmers are selling the cotton at throw away price in panic sale .we are trying to meet UPA convener Smt.Sonia Gandhi in a day or two asking her for urgent intervention in order to resolve the crisis as Textile minister initially restricted cotton bales export to 55 lakhs bales from earlier year 84 lakh bales even when country cotton production is higher by another 25 lakhs bales then ban export of cotton yarn and now surprisingly as per Quota Policy of Cotton items now added Cotton Waste ( Comber Noil) H. S. Code No. 5202 as Cotton Waste is a ‘By-product’ of Cotton Yarn. when plenty of quota of Cotton Yarn lying unutilized the hostile functioning of Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran has a allaowed textile cartel to include the by-product banned with a major raw material and brought under same category in the field of exports” Tiwari said..

“Cotton prices have increased from Rs 30000/candy in April 2010 to Rs 60000/candy April 2011 which is an increase of about Rs 70-75 per kg and immediately Spinners increased the price of yarn from rs 150/- per kg in April 2010 for 30s combed to Rs 230/- per kg in April 2011. increase of Rs 80 per kg which reflects in cotton value to Rs 30000/per candy minimum. Fabric weavers too have increased prices of grey fabric of 40 x 40 counts 124 x 64 with 200 gm per mtr which is quoted at about Rs 70/- per sqmtr as against Rs 38 in April 2010. There s an increase of Rs 32/mtr which is Rs 160/- per kg which in terms of candy is about Rs 58/60000 and present ban on export has brought back cotton prices to the level of April 2010 which is artificial an stage managed and Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran is directly involved in this scam ” Tiwari added.

‘As Cotton is an agricultural commodity and higher the prices farmers get, they will be encouraged to produce more and more of cotton and when Cotton production has grown from a low of 225 lac bales to 330 lac bales in last 5 years the undue protection to Local textile mills benefiting of buying Indian cotton at prices which are at least

lower by 30% as compared to its competitor in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries who buy from other growths which is reason behind the present restriction of cotton export and when Indian cotton after lot of hard work and promotion by exporters have found a very stable and regular market of its cotton in foreign countries and Govt should ensure that the markets created are not lost to competition due to faulty Govt policies.” It is alleged.

‘We need the urgent central intervention and demand to lift all export restriction of cotton bales and yarn too so that farmers get higher price to cotton ‘’Tiwari urged.

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