Budget 2014: Distressed Indian cotton farmers urged FM Arun Jaitley to stop ongoing Farmers’ Genocide
Nagpur-8th July 2014
Main dry land cotton farmers advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samti (VJAS) from Maharashtra has drawn attention of Indian finance Arun Jaitley toward the the latest National Crime Records Bureau report that since 1995 to 2013 more than 300,000 farmland suicides reveal that every fifth farmer who ended his/her life in the country is dry land cotton farmer from Maharashtra whereas with 3,146 distressed farmers ending their lives last year, Maharashtra has topped the list of farmland suicides in the country hence this is need of the hour to adopt pro-poor farmers policies to stop innocent cotton farmers genocide which was triggered in last regime of NDA when quantitative restrictions on import was lifted under the WTO conditions of free trade treaties Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief Kishore Tiwari said today.
Globalization-Free trade besides Unpredictable rains with intermittent dry or wet droughts lead to crop failures and increasing cost of inputs and cultivation practices, mono-culture or dependence on a single crop only, poor awareness of agronomics, and lack of proper farm credit availability lead to an increased hold of private moneylenders are core issues Indian budget should address ,said Tiwari, whose NGO has been documenting the Vidarbha crisis since 1995.
VJAS recalled FM promise of PM Modiji of introducing the renowned farm scientist M S Swaminathan's formula for fixation of MSP which provides for cost plus 50 per cent remuneration to the farmers as the basis of fixation of MSP for agricultural crops should be looked into during the process of finalization of Union Budget for 2014-15 that is only way to make agriculture far more sustainable besides ensuring no farmer was compelled to either leave this occupation or commit suicide.
As most of distressed Small and marginal farmers who committing suicide are debt trapped hence complete loan waiver and Fresh interest free short term crop loans whereas other farmers should be given crop loans at 2 per cent, urging for one time debt relief package should be provided for all farmers, Tiwari added.
As earlier agricultural development policies failed to remove ever-increasing stress on dying farmers allowing mass genocide of more than 3 lacs farmers mostly involved in to cash crops subjected free market price speculations and needs protected economy on price front with reintroduction direct subsidies for promoting sustainable agriculture hence this appeal, Tiwari urged