Nagpur-28Th October 2009
3 million cotton farmers who are facing drought and crop failure now forced to sale the raw cotton in throw away prices much less than minimum support price (MSP) as till date neither Govt. of India nor local Maharashtra Govt. has started cotton procurement centres allowing private traders to exploit the hostile condition and distress sale of cotton by vidarbha cotton farmers adding more despair and gloom to the on going agrarian crisis which has claimed more than 7300 farmers suicides in last past five years .
"last year C.C.I. and NAFED started procurement @ Rs.3000/- per quintal that is MSP but now elections are over and congress has been benefited with that decision ,now there is no urgent need for them to address the cotton procurement issue " kishore tiwari of vidarbha jan andolan samiti informed in a press note .
VJAS has urged Govt. to start procurement centres by 2nd November otherwise ,3 million cotton farmers will start agitation from 3rd november by bringing cart at all centres and will start dharana agitation to start the centres with out further delay ,kishore tiwari informed today .
"this year both cash crop soybean and cotton of vidarbha failed due drought and distress sale will add fuel to the on going agrarian crisis hence we need Govt. intervention without further delay in order to on going farm suicides in the region" tiwari urged.