Million cotton bales export permission is peanut : Farmers demand cotton under O.G.L.
NAGPUR , JUNE 8TH , 2011
Vidarbha cotton farmers advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti(VJAS) has termed the recent decision of giving additional permission of 10 lakhs cotton export bales as against demand of 5o lakhs bales as 1 billion cotton farmers are in deep trouble as prices have slashed by more than 50% in last 45 days .
"when coutry is having surpluse stock of minimum 60 lakhs cotton bales the rise in existing cap of 55lakhs bales by additional 10 lakhs is peaunut will furhther create hostile situation in domestic market where cotton farmer and cotton traders have lost more than Rs.20,000 crore in one month .we demand lifting all export restrcition of cotton bales,coton yarn and all value added product that gives fair price to local cotton farmer.it is unfornunate that for handful textile owners that include textile minister and home minister for are forced in huge economic losses forcing them comite sucide' said Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS)
“Today GOM decision has delayed by more than 2 month and fabricted CITI base data as CITI has managed the Indian Textile minister initially to restrict 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”Tiwari added
“CITI is keeping salient of the fact that 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.
‘CITI should admit that 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 to protect handful textile mill owners .” It is alleged.
This is complete betrayed of dying cotton community of India who opted cotton cultivation this year were forced suffer very heavy financial losses incurred due to wrong export policy to the tune of more than Rs.20,000 crore as per initial estimates, and may increase further if corrective steps are not taken immediately as 33 million bales produced this year by Indian farmers and local traders got the price that's less than 30 per cent of prevailing international price that time and now after the prices crashed in the middle of April this year, the loss has increased.
"we are stabbed from back by UPA and killed from front by nature and market forces as delay in decision and panic of further price downward correction in farmers and local traders has already done the damaged any corrective step of relaxing further export cap will only benefit market manipulator as it was part of conspiracy planed and strategicmove by Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maranto protect financial textile lobby and get the cotton bales cheaper rate ,has done damaged to and more than 1 billion cotton farmers in cotton growing state of India that include Mahrashtra, Gujrath, Andhra,Punjab, Rajthan, Karnataka, M.P. and central government.should provide bail out pakage to the farmers who suffered heavy losses due wrong export policies of the central government,” said Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS).
“The year of record cultivation of cotton in 11 million hectors and record yield of33 million cotton bales has been year record financial losses as most of the year. Indian cotton growers were forced to sell coton 30 per cent cheaper than international market due to export cap of 55 lakhs bales when as per official estimate it was clear that additional 60 lakhs bales surplus in India as against domestic requirement of 220 lakhs bales but it was PMO and textile ministry kept uncertainties and not allowed to increase additional export since February 2011," said Tiwari.
He also said that even after the frequent intervention of Agriculture Minister by writing letters directly to Indian prime minister since April 8, 2011, chief ministers of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra and Karnataka along with more than 110 MPs joined by Cotton Association of India (CAI), The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and farm activists from all over India lastly by national political parties including Congress, NCP and BJP but textile ministry controlled by touts managed to keep the cap of 55 lakhs cotton bales as against the last year export of 84 lakhs cotton bales intact resulting in farmers holding the stock till Monday to sell it at throw away prices as monsoon is coming all procurement centre are declared that that last week was last week of procurement resulting accumulated net losses more the Rs. 20,000 crore to more than 10 million cotton growers and local traders that has added further gloom and despair to dying cotton growing agrarian community inviting much more farm suicides in near future," said Tiwari.
“We welcome the assurance given by Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran to Gujarat congress delegation who met on May 19 pressing hard demand increase in Cotton export quota andit was reported that quoting 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 he was to call Cotton Advisory Board’s meeting to give legitimate permission for additionalexport of 15 lakh bale but it hoax as till date CAB meeting has not being called moreover in between PMO issued the statement supporting the action of textile ministry to put export restriction on cotton bales, cotton yarns and even on cotton westthat’s clear indication of having textile nexus with PMO too, we are victim wrong policies of UPA and NDA as itis first time free import started after lifting import restrictions in 2004 even WTO deadline was 2008 by then NDA government at the centre which allowed record 200 lakhs bales at much cheaper price than domestic market inviting thousands of farm suicides and now imposition of export restrictions are killing the cotton farmers hence we need economical protection to distress cotton farmers as given by USA," Tiwari added.
"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 is an increase of Rs 32/mtr which is Rs 160/- per kg which in terms of candy is about Rs 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.
"Maharashtra farmers are agitating since October 2010 for lifting of export ban on cotton. Now, the same demand is being echoed nationally but strong textile lobby is not allowing the rightful much needed decision is taken and they till lobbying hard to avoid official permission the additional export of cotton bales is granted and silent of PMO is much more irritating hence we have knocked the door of UPA convener Smt.Sonia Gandhi but nothing has resulted as on today,” Tiwari added.
"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.