‘Private traders exploiting cotton farmers’


Paddy growers also deprived of MSP, says AIKS leader

AIKS leaders inspecting cotton at the cotton market in Khammam on Friday. Photo: G.N. Rao

AIKS leaders inspecting cotton at the cotton market in Khammam on Friday. Photo: G.N. Rao

Private traders have procured over 1.33 lakh quintals of cotton at prices lower than the minimum support price (MSP) as against 17,985 quintals procured by the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) from the cotton growers at the cotton market yard here in the current season up until November 5.

Disclosing this to mediapersons after his visit to the cotton market yard here on Friday, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) vice-president Sarampalli Malla Reddy said the cotton farmers suffered heavy losses due to alleged exploitative tactics of the errant private traders at the cotton market here in the present procurement season.

The paddy growers are also deprived of the MSP of Rs. 1,450 per quintal, he deplored, demanding that the government should provide bonus of Rs. 1,000 per quintal for cotton and Rs. 500 per quintal for paddy, besides ensuring the MSP to the entire cotton and paddy produce.

The plight of drought-hit farmers was further aggravated due to the delay on the part of the government in announcing the drought-hit mandals and initiating timely relief measures, he said.

The distressed farmers are resorting to committing suicide unable to cope with crop losses and overcome the burden of debt. Lack of adequate focus on pending irrigation projects like Dummugudem lift irrigation scheme is taking a toll on the farming community, he said, alleging that the State government’s proposed move to redesign the Dummugudem project would further delay its completion.

The AIKS-affiliated Telangana Rythu Sangham district general secretary Nunna Nageswara Rao was also present.