Thursday, November 20, 2008

VJAS demands ban on import of US subsidies cotton bells to save dying vidarbha cotton farmers


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Ref-loan waiver Crisis-2008 PRESS-NOTE Dated-21st November 2008

VJAS demands ban on import of US subsidies cotton bells to save dying vidarbha cotton farmers

Nagpur- Dated-21st November 2008

As Bt. cotton in 30 million hectors of vidarbha(India)have been completely failed due sudden attack of virus and mealy bug and net yield has been dropped down to 30 % ,it was expected that cotton price in open market will cross Rs.3500/- per quintal but in fact rate of procurement in open market has not gone above the minimum support price (MSP) i.e. Rs.3000 per quintal more over suddenly there is no buyer in the market on MSP too forcing cotton farmers to sale the cotton below MSP in distress ,this has happened due massive import subsidies cotton from US as Indian Govt. has lifted all quantitative restriction on cotton import and reduce import duty to zero creating serious economic agrarian crisis in cotton belt of vidarbha which has already reported more than 5000 farm suicides since 2005 due to huge losses in Bt.cotton cultivation in dry land non irrigated land of vidarbha .VJAS has urged UPA chairman smt.sonia Gandhi to intervene in cotton growers crisis and ask Indian Govt. to immediate ban on import of subsidies cotton from US, , Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti informed in a press release today .

Till date total cotton procurement in less than 2 million quintals as against minimum 20 million since 20th November as per average of vidarbha November cotton production data last one decade more local Maharashtra Govt.’s cotton federation procurement is merely 4 lacs quintals which shows the true picture of cotton failure in vidarbha but neither administration nor the apposition leaders are seriously taking the issue and on going price drop in cotton will increase debt of million of distressed cotton farmers inviting more farm suicides in near future, tiwari added.

VJAS has supported the demand of cotton Marketing federation’s for transport and other incentive for export of cotton bells .VJAS also demanded that cotton exporter should be given economic bail out package in order stop the cotton procurement orice at national level to protect the economic interest Indian cotton farmers as done by the US and all other cotton growing developed G-20 nations,tiwari added. .


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