All cotton procurements centers closed in vidarbha :Distress sale forcing farmer to commit suicide
Farmers to start agitation from 8th January for reopening to NAFED and CCI procurement centers
Nagpur- Dated-3rd January 2009
As even Maharashtra Govt. has assured that NAFED or CCI will buy all cotton from vidarbha growers till the last bole but the ground reality is not in line with announcement as almost all procurement centers in the cotton belt of vidarbha is now closed and most of farmers are forced to sale in distress in much more lower price than MSP .
First two days of 2009 has reported four farm suicides and victims are cotton growers of suicide prone district of prime minister relief package
1.DATTAJI PAWAR OF YAVATMAL
2.NARENDRA GADGE OF WARDHA
3.VITHAL GADLINGE OF AMARAVATI
4.SAHEBRAO GAWANDE OF AMRAVATI
Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti informed in a press release today.
Farmers to start agitation from 8th January for reopening to NAFED and CCI procurement centres
In last fortnight the cotton procurement centers through out west vidarbha have been closed on technical ground and private 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 and cotton growers are 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 ridiculous and will create more complications to the existing agrarian crisis ,hence VJAS have been demanding immediate opening of all procurements centers and in order to press our demand ,we are starting agtation from 8th janauary .
farmers who wants to sale their cotton will bring it to nearest closed procurement centre and will start agitation to demand open the centre and procurement by NAFED or CCI .
There are media reports that NAFED and CCI have buying aggressively in other states like A.P.,M.P. and Punjab but even after continuous farm suicides of vidarbha cotton farmers ,they have closed procurement ,kishor tiwari said.
VJAS has also demanded central intervention in order solve cotton farmers crisis in vidarbha ,tiwari added. .
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For VIDARBHA JAN ANDOLAN SAMITI