Sunday, October 24, 2010

Adv.Nurup Reddy is chief guest and Farm leader Vijay Janwandhia to open Cotton growers to hold conference at Pandharkawada on Oct 26

Adv.Nurup Reddy is chief guest and Farm leader Vijay Janwandhia to open Cotton growers to hold conference at Pandharkawada on Oct 26

Pandharkawada -Oct 24,2010

Adv.Nurup Reddy leading activist of separate tenlangana movement and convenor of Telengana Vikas Kendra will be chief guest of maharashtra first ‘Kapus Parishad ('cotton Conference') And Renowned Cotton Farmer S Leaders Of The Vidarbha Region Vijay Janwandhia will the president of this function which will discuss and set the agenda for future agitation of cotton farmers who are demanding higher prices for raw cotton and relaxation and incentive in cotton export,Kishore tiwari of Vidarbha Janadolan Samiti who si the convener of cotton growers will meet on October 26 at Pandharkawda for a 'Kapus Parishad'.

In the 'cotton conference', the cotton growers together with farm activists will wok out a strategy on pricing.

The main demands of debt trapped cotton farmers are

1. Relief aid to all wet-drought hit farmers @ Rs.10,00/- per acre.

2. Procurement of raw cotton by centra Govt Agencies Like Cotton Crop. of India –C.C.I. or Nafed.

3.Export incentive and free export of cotton

4.CACP to raise MSP of cotton to @Rs.4500/- as against Rs.3000/-

Cotton is the biggest cash crop grown in Vidarbha region and some parts of Marathwada and Khandesh. The crop's price virtually decides the fate of three million families in Maharashtra, the highest cotton producing state. The Centre and the state governments have indicated that they would not be in a position to pay over Rs 3,000 a quintal as the minimum procurement price, a rate fixed two years ago. But farmers pressure groups like Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, which is organising the conference, say the price is unfair as input costs have gone up in the last two years and so is the inflation, Samiti President Kishore Tiwari has said in a release today. Open market prices are already ruling over Rs 4,000 a quintal. While there are clear indications that prices may firm up in international market mainly since Pakistan and China have been ruined by floods, the farmers could take advantage of the situation and export it to the countries like China, Bangladesh, where there is high demand for short staple cotton that we produce," Tiwari said. Demanding that MSP be hiked to Rs 4,500, he said such a step could improve the state's economy too as it depends a lot on cotton.

In the mean while vidarbha farm widows association has extended support to the cotton growers demands and announced that hundreds of vidarbha farm widows will attend 26th October 'cotton Conference' at pandharkawada and will actively joining the agitation afterward ,Arpana Malikar secretary of vidarbha farm widows association informed in statement today.



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