Vidarbha widows to oppose Govt. Mega Multi-Crore Nagpur Farm Expo ‘ Krishi Vasant’
Nagpur -5th Jan.2014
***‘as part of protest and press the demand of giving this fund released for mega agriculture fair for food security of farm widows ,we are starting hunger strike before CICR Nagpur till mega expo is not cancelled’ Bebitai Bais president of Vidarbha farm Widows Association’***
Aid starved 10,000 farm widows and three million distressed vidarbha farmers who are committing suicides since 1995 due to mounting debt and successive cotton crop failure in last ten years ,have urged union Govt. to spent more than Rs.45 Crore on so called Biggest ever farm expo in the country from Feb 9-13 at CICR, Panjri (Nagpur )on Wardha Road terming it as wasteful expenses and urging them to give this fund to 10,000 for rehabilitation dying vidarbha farm widows who are innocent victim of agrarian crisis due wrong policies and MNC owned technologies promoted of union Govt. ,Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) activist group working for rights of cotton farmers and farm widows since 1997 in vidarbha region urged Govt. in a letter to Sharad Pawar whose Brainchild is this mega expo.
‘as part of protest and press the demand of giving this fund released for mega agriculture fair for food security of farm widows ,we are starting hunger strike before CICR Nagpur till mega expo is not cancelled’ Bebitai Bais president of vidarbha farm widows association said.
‘When vidarbha is being known as ‘farm capital’ of India, now a day’s Nagpur city is getting popular as capital of ‘Farm Agro Expo’ capital of India as earlier last month another mega agro expo. was organized last month by another political leader ex-BJP national Prez. Nitin Gadkari and lakhs of framers were brought and technology and crop practices shown to them which are beyond the capacity and suitability rain fed farmers but there was not single seminar of cost credit and sustainability of agrarian economics ,Agro expo. Has been multi crore earning activity of politician hence we want to stop’ Arpana Malikar KBC fame farm widow added.
When more than 3 million farmers from vidarbha are still waiting relief aid amounting Rs.3000 crore as Govt. is having fund crisis and now as additional chief secretary SK Goel that Govt. has released Rs 45 crore budget for the event, Rs 10 crore will be the state' contribution and Govt. is arranging around one million farmers from all over the country to visit Krishi Vasant, the mega national farm exhibition is being organized from February 9 to 13 at the Central Institute of Cotton Research's sprawling complex at Panjri on the outskirts of the city and all places of accommodation including 125 wedding halls have been booked, when CICIR has govt. four regional centers and ICAR centre in each district of India and promoting MNCs base technology which has main cause agrarian distress in region resulting farm suicides this needleass waste expenditure of public exchanger can be avoided and same mopny can be used of empowerment dying more than 10,000 farm widows who are innocent victims same MNCs techonology, Tiwari added.