Saturday, January 3, 2009

NO TAKERS FOR WHITE GOLD -cotton cultivators slam federation for closing centres -Times of India


cotton cultivators slam federation for closing centres
Cotton growers of Yavatmal district have rapped the cotton marketing federation for closing its centres indefinitely and warned of intensifying their agitation from January 8.
According to farm activist Mohan Jadhav, the federation had announced that it would procure the last bale of the cotton at the rate of Rs. 3,000 per quintal but failed to do so. On the contrary, the federation pulled down the shutters of its procurement centres indefinitely and even deployed police to stop farmers and their carts from coming to the centres on National Highway No. 7 near Pandharkawda.
“We would launch an indefinite agitation from January 8 with the sole demand ‘Kapus Ghya chukara dhya’ (take cotton and give payment),” said Jadhav.
The Federation has closed down all the centres under its
Wani Zone and has even failed to pay for the cotton procured so far. The federation is now saying that the funds available with the NAFED have exhausted and hence they will be unable to make payment till the necessary arrangements were made.
“If the federation fails to restart the procurement before January 8, the cotton growers will reach the centres with cotton-laden carts and tractors and will demand procurement and payment instantly,” informed the coordinator of the agitation Suresh Belanwar. TNN

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