Seven Vidarbha farmers suicides on the eve of ‘Dasara’ :
Cotton Crisis killing Innocent Farmers
Nagpur-17th October , 2010
The massive celebration of ‘Dasara festival’ in urban India has over showed the on going agrarian crisis in dying feld of vidarbha where seven more debt trapped farmers killed themselves on th e eve of this mega festival thus taking toll 622 in year 2010
Recent victims of vidarbha agrarian crisis are
1.Waman Awari of Borgoan in Yavatmal
2.Vijay Dandage of Ratnapur in Yavmal
3.Dhyaneshwar Choudhari of Eklara in Yavamal
4.Prabhakar Wakte of Kothari in
5.Ladhu Madavi of Chopamguda in Chandrapur
6.Bhiagirath Pathorkar of Sadarabadi in
7.Raju Lahorkar of Pimpalkhuata in Washim
The heavy crop losses and failure of Bt.cotton in more than 6 million acres and delay in cotton procurement crisis is the main cause Despondency, despair and deep distress is the main cause of these suicides,Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti(VJAS )informed in press release today
As in the international market cotton bales are trading aboce Rs.42,000/- mark and domestic market demand of cotton has been all time high but central Govt. under pressure from textile lobby trying to crash the cotton prices that’s they are not opening the procurement centers in vidarbha .cotton farmers are demanding that main procurement agency of Govt. of India ,Cotton corporation of India (C.C.I) should open the procurement centers in all, places in order to stop main exploitation of farmers who are denied the market price of the raw cotton which is more than Rs.5,500/- per quintal,Tiwari said.
Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) has urged union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to direct CACP to consider the recent plea of Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation Limited (MAHACOT) to raise cotton MSP from Rs.3000/- to Rs 4200/- per quintal as the maharashtra cotton growers are demanding to raise cotton MSP of Rs.4500/- per quintal to compensate farmers accumulated losses as
cotton crop has received fresh threats of ‘Lalya fungal attack (Redning of leaves)’ that will also reduce the total yield , Kishor Tiwari of VJAS added.
‘There are only news of bumper cotton crop and sky rocketing prices but the ground reality is totally different cotton farmers have done more than Rs.30,000/- per acre expenses and likely to get not more than 3-4 quintal cotton production maximum ,is not making the break even under big strain of economic losses and debt that’s reason such high numbers of suicides reported in festivals season .it’s high time to address the on going vidarbha agrarian crisis’ Tiwari urged.