Monday, October 17, 2011

Tiwari demands Rs 6,000 MSP for cotton-Times of India

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Kishore Tiwari demands Rs 6,000 MSP for cotton

Yavatmal: Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishor Tiwari had demanded minimum support price of Rs 6,000 per quintal of cotton for farmers of Vidarbha.

In a press release on Sunday Tiwari said, "The Congress-NCP government has shamelessly hiked the cotton price from Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,300 a quintal in four years overlooking sky rocketing production cost. As a result the farmers in the country have been forced to suffer a Rs 2000 crore loss.

In Maharashtra alone cotton is cultivated over 52 lakh hectare and the lion's share of it is in the rain fed region of Vidarbha. Tiwari said. "At present these party leaders are found busy in demanding MSP for cotton like public auction," Tiwari said, adding the ruling party leaders demand for Rs 5,000 or Rs 6000 per quintal and it is countered by the opposition leaders with the demand for Rs 7,000 or Rs 8,000 per quintal for the sake of political mileage. Tiwari urged them not to make joke of the debt ridden farmers suffering only losses every season.

The Maharashtra State Cooperative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation chairman Dr NP Hirani has demanded Rs 6,000 per quintal while MPCC president Manikrao Thakre urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to ensure Rs 5,000 MSP. A couple of days ago, social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe took two MLAs along with him to New Delhi and they urged the party president to lift ban on cotton export permanently and hike the MSP to Rs 5,000 per quintal. Tiwari urged these leaders to arrive at a consensus and insist for Rs 6,000 MSP.

He urged the opposition to launch mass agitation for Rs 6,000 per quintal MSP and Rs 4,000 special assistance loss incentive against each quintal of cotton.

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