Thursday, September 1, 2011

Five more Farmers Suicide reported on arrival day of Lord Ganapati as ‘Vighnaharta’ failed to give Relief Dying Vidarbha Farmers

Five more Farmers Suicide reported on arrival day of Lord Ganapati as ‘Vighnaharta’ failed to give Relief Dying Vidarbha Farmers

Nagpur: Sep.2, 2011

Lord Ganapati is known Vighnaharta i.e. the troubleshooter god but failed to do so is gloomy vidarbha as whole nation was celebrating Ganesha arrival ,in agrarian crisis hit vidarbha five more distressed farmers killed themselves on ‘Ganesh chaturvedi’ ,as per Reports

1.Mohan Raut from Ghazipur in Yavatmal

2.Raju Tembhare from Sakur in Yavatmal

3.Sharavan Chichghate from Bhindi in Wardha

4.Vijay Gomase from Akoli in Wardha

5.Laxman Pathode from Dongargoan in Chnadrapur

Taking toll to 507 in the year 2011 , Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti ,activist group fighting for right of cotton farmer of vidarbha region and documenting vidarbha farm suicides since 1997 informed in press release today.

The 3 million cotton farmers of agrarian crisis hit vidarbha has been demanding Indian Govt. to immediate hike in MSP of cotton to Rs.6000 per quintal in order to stop on going cotton farmers suicides in the region as MSP declared CACP which @ Rs.3,300 per quintal is which neither in line with increase in cost of cultivation of cotton nor the set norms of MSP calculation of CACP hence urgent revision in cotton MSP is must, Kishore Tiwari added today.

Vidarbha cotton farmers has been asking centre two demands that Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers Federation passed as resolutions that hike in MSP to Rs 6000 per quintal and lifting of ban on cotton export by bringing it under open general license (OGL) scheme. In fact Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers Federation NP Hirani and MPCC president Manikrao Thakare also urged centre Govt. to raise MSP of cotton to Rs.6000 per quintal recently as farmer suicides in region has crossed 500 mark in year 2011 too, hence urgent solution to vidarbha agrarian crisis he must ,Tiwari said.

Distressed farmers are in economic crisis as they incurred in losses when indoan Govt. imposed export ban and now they are credit starved as not only bankers are not given them fresh crop loan they are finding very difficult to get handy loan from private money lenders too in adition to fund crisis worries releted to the cost of seeds, fertilizers and insecticide which has been increased manifold including Labour charges are Rs 200-300 per head and the MSP in 2007-08 to Rs 3000 per quintal, which was revised in 2010-11 to the extent of Rs 300 after a gap of four years that has added fuek to on going agrarian crisi which has restarted farm suicide spiral hence unjust and irrational wrong policies of state regarding imposition of export restriction last year created instability in the market and the price of Rs 60,000 per candy (a unit of measure) to Rs 35,000 per candy in the global market and Indian cotton farmers were forced to offload cotton their crop at half price prevailing in the international market and this was intentionally done to protect handful textile industries hence we support the demand of cotton federation brining cotton under open general license (OGL) scheme.

‘We demand hike in cotton MSP and procurement of state owned agency and urgent relief of food security, fresh crop loan disbursement and healthcare services in order to stop farm genocide in the region’ Tiwari urged.





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