Friday, October 17, 2008

VJAS to agitate for opening of cotton procurement centres in region

VJAS to agitate for opening of cotton procurement centres in region--TIMES NEWS NETWORK

VJAS to agitate for opening of cotton procurement centres in region

TIMES NEWS NETWORK


Nagpur: The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, a non-government organisation spearheading the farmers' cause in the region, has threatened to launch an agitation from October 26 to demand opening of cotton procurement centres by the State Cotton Growers Co-Operative Federation.
According to Samiti president Kishore Tiwari, cotton crop has suffered largescale damage. "First the delayed and scanty rainfall stunted growth of the crop. Then it was followed by attack of 'army bug' and now 'Lalya' (a fungal attack) has hit the crop all over the region resulting in crop loss to the tune of hundreds of crores," Tiwari said.
"The farmers have little respite from the trying circumstances and the suicide spree is unabated. In last two days another five farmers have ended their lives in desperation," he said identifying the five latest victims as Digamber Solav of Wardha, Kautukrao Jadhav of Buldhana, Nivruti Jadhao and Suman Yashwant of Washim and Mahnaji Lavale of Akola.

"With reports of cotton prices falling to Rs 2300 per quintal from the high of Rs 3,200 two weeks ago, farmers have taken recourse to distress sale. With the state cotton federation failing to keep its October 2 date for opening of the procurement centres, there is no hope for farmers," said Tiwari. He has threatened to launch an indefinite agitation from October 26 to demand opening of the purchase centres.

Once again Bt.cotton failed in vidarbha-VJAS to start Indefinite fast agitation from 26th october to demand Govt. procurement of cotton on MSP



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Once again Bt.cotton failed in vidarbha claiming 5 more farm suicides in last two days

VJAS to start Indefinite fast agitation from 26th october to demand Govt. procurement of cotton on MSP

Nagpur- Dated-17th october 2008

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Once again Bt.cotton failed in vidarbha claiming 5 more farm suicides in last two days

Killer Bt.cotton has been once gain failed in vidarbha as 60% standing crop which was earlier effected by attack of mealy bug now has been destroyed by ‘Lalya attack” that’s suddenly in rain fed area standing Bt. cotton crop gets completely damaged as it was the case in year 2005-06 when standing crop on 4lacs and 9 more debt trapped farmers suicides have been reported in last three day Bt. cotton crop was damaged and maharashtra Govt. compensated the same but this year damage is much more larger as area under Bt.cotton cultivation is under more than 12 lacs hector and losses are in tune of Rs.2000 crore (please see photos),this sudden economic losses has claimed five farm suicides in vidarbha in last two days and they are identified as

1.DIGAMBER SOLAV IN WARDHA

2.KAUTIKRAO JADHAV IN BULDHANA

3.NIVRUTI JADHAO IN WASHIM

4.MAHNAJI LAVALE IN AKOLA

5.SUMAN YASHWANT IN WASHIM

all victims are belonging backward dalit and tribal families who were debt trapped farmers and in acute financial crisis due to sudden crop ,Kishor Tiwari of vidarbha jan andolan samiti informed in a press release today.

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VJAS to start Indefinite fast agitation from 26th october to demand Govt. procurement of cotton on MSP

In last fortnight the cotton prices has fallen from Rs.3200 per quintal to Rs.2300 per quintal and local traders have started cotton procurement below the minimum support price MSP and farmers are forced to sale the cotton at throw away price in distress sale as maharashtra Govt. failed to start it’s procurement centers on 2nd October as announced earlier and there is no action at the level state run cotton marketing federation to start it’s centers before “diwali” and cotton growers will be at huge losses resulting more farm suicides in vidarbha ,tiwari feared .

“If Govt. failed to procure the farmers cotton at MSP then it’s move to raise the MSP would be rediculos and will create more complications to the existing agrarian crisis ,hence VJAS have been demanding immediate opening of all procurements centers and in order topress our demand ,we are starting “fast unto death” agtation from 26th October .farmers who are distress are loosing the confidence due to pathetic approach of administration and nothing is reaching to them that is also one of the factor of increase in recent farm suicide rate in vidarbha .

It’s innocent victimisation leading to the mass genocides of vidarbha distressed farmers due to economical collapse in cotton crop failure and heavy losses price cause to heavily subsidised US cotton and It’s too impossible to add and list of these farm suicides further”kishor tiwari said.

VJAS has also demanded Govt. relief to all farmers who lost their Bt.cotton this year and provision for to give fresh credit to dying cotton farmers and request Indian Govt. to start NFSM (National food security mission) and special outlay of RKVY(Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana) along with a comprehensive policy for land rights to landless, marginal farmers and tribals cultivating barren land for vidarbha and the demand to allocate dedicated funds on the lines of AIBP for farm ponds, community tanks and give incentives to farmers/villages who/which harness water but nobody in the administration is serious over the vidarbha agrarian crisis ,tiwari added. .

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Please release this pres note

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

For VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI

KISHORE TIWARI

PRESIDENT

kishortiwari@gmail.com

contact-09422108846

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