Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Unrest over low cotton price

Irate farmers attacked Adilabad market yard office following the dip in the cotton price. Low prices of cotton produce, has been created unrest in the farming community.
MLAs and Ministers claim that 60 percent of the farmers were getting Rs 4,100 per quintal but the ground reality is quite different.

A majority of the farmers were just getting between Rs 3,500 to Rs 3,700 after deducting Rs 41 per one percent extra moisture percent than permissible 8 percent moisture content by the private traders while weighing the cotton produce.

Farmers are disappointed with low price than MSP Rs 4,100 per quintal and regretted that some of the farmers not even getting the investment cost.

It is learnt that police arrested seven farmers and two others who attacked the Adilabad market yard office two days ago and remanded them to judicial custody. The farmers arrests gave the opportunity to the opposition parties to blame the ruling party and project the government anti farmers.

But ruling TRS leaders say that it was not the farmers but Telugu Desam activists who orchestrated the attack and provoked some farmers to follow suit in the Adilabad town on November 2.

The TDP and BJP parties jointly organize maha dharna on the farmers’ problems at the Adilabad market yard on the same day.Minister Jogu Ramanna said farmers can directly come to him or officials concerned it they have any problem with regard to low prices of the cotton produce and they will take the issue to the notice of the Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao and try to do justice to the farmers.

He said the incident of attacking Agriculture market yard office was not accidental by the farmers but TDP leaders behind it.

Adilabad II – town  Inspector Venkata Swamy said cases also booked against the TDP leaders for organizing the Maha dharna without taking police permission and taking out rally violating police act 30 which was in force in the Adilabad town. 

He said seven farmers and two others were arrested and remanded to the judicial custody in connection with the attack on Market yard office and there are many others to be arrested in the incident.

There are allegations that private cotton traders reduced the price to provoke the farmers on the direction of TDP and BJP leaders on the occasion of TDP dharna.