VJAS flays Centre ‘NO’ to Maharashtra plea to hike cotton MSP
Nagpur 3rd December 2011
VJAS has severely flays the mdia reports that the state government’s plea to seek a financial package from the Centre to enable it to give higher support price for cotton cultivating farmers has been turned down by Govt. of India .it is reported byhighly placed sources in Mantralaya told, “ A senior officer who had pursued the issue with Centre was informed that the state happens to be the only one seeking higher cotton price and other eight states cultivating cotton are unwilling for higher rates to the farmers, thus defeating Maharashtra case at the Centre. The Maharashtra Government has demanded that the MSP be increased to Rs 4,285 a quintal.
“This is misleading with raw cotton (kapas) prices dropping to the level of Rs 4,000 a quintal, the Centre is coming under great pressure to try and stop the rates from falling further.more importantly, at least four States, three of them ruled by the Congress, are putting pressure on the Centre to raise the minimum support price (MSP) for cotton.Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are urging the Centre to act on the cotton price front. These States are facing agitation by farmers who are feeling let down by the falling prices’’ Kishore tiwari of vidarbha janandolan samiti (VJAS) informed in press release today
“Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is spreading such news as he earlier indicated recently that demand for higher cotton price has come only from Maharashtra and in case of Maharashtra alone, cotton is grown across 50 lakh hectares of land mainly in .earlier to this crop failure last year Cotton prices have crashed from a record Rs 7,000 a quintal in the last week of March when Gvot put ban on cotton export . A record crop projection of 356 lakh bales (of 170 kg each) for the current season that began in October has proved to be another dampener but all India report indicate huge crop failure and according to the Cotton Corporation of India, arrivals until last weekend were 43.10 lakh bales against 57.17 lakh bales during the same period a year ago. Daily arrivals are merely l lakh bales against 2 lakh bales, a year ago’ Tiwari added..
If centre is expecting Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who has promised to provide “some” relief to the cotton growers will now have to make provisions from the state budget to keep his promise in the winter session that commences in Nagpur on December 12 then such relief will be hoax as state cant provide any relief without intervention of central Govt. as Agrarian crisis has already in all cotton belt of Maharashtra more than 5 million cotton farmers need bailout package, Tiwari said.