NAGPUR, NOV. 01
Kishor Tiwari, chairman of the special task force constituted to tackle agrarian crisis in Maharashtra, has sought intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to stabilise prices of cotton so as to stop its distress sale by farmers.
Tiwari has urged the PMO for urgent intervention to address the distress sale of main cash crop cotton which is being sold below Minimum Support Price (MSP) as central agencies Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) and NAFED have failed to address price related issues.
Tiwari alleged that intervention of central agencies was too poor to stabilise the market prices of cotton and soybean which has a record seven million hectares area under cultivation in farm suicide prone region of Vidarbha in Maharashtra.
Tiwari said he has asked PMO for strong Exim policy changes for banning imported cotton lint besides giving export subsidies to cotton and traders in the country.
Earlier, Maharashtra farm task force had welcomed the decision of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to give a bonus of Rs 500 per quintal above the MSP of Rs 4,320 to the cotton growers in that state. “We are asking Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to follow the footsteps of his Gujarat counterpart as cotton growers in the state too are going through a very bad phase.
“Cotton growers are facing serious problems due to bollworm attack and deaths due to pesticide poisoning,” said Tiwari. He has urged Fadnavis to start all procurement centres of CCI and marketing federation. (Source: Tecoya Trend)