Farmers should unite to fight for their rights
The poor farmers in the State were being looted by middlemen and merchants, alleged the farmers’ leaders from various organisations at the protest meeting organised by the All-party alliance at the Collectorate here on Monday.
Ongole: The poor farmers in the State were being looted by middlemen and merchants, alleged the farmers’ leaders from various organisations at the protest meeting organised by the All-party alliance at the Collectorate here on Monday.
The leaders, in their speech, demanded the resignation of Ministers who failed in providing remunerative prices for the Subabul and Jamaoil (Eucalyptus and Casuarinas) farmers.
The farmers’ wings of various political parties and fronts urged farmers to wage a united struggle for the minimum support price.
They said that the farmers were losing confidence and resorting to suicides as they are being cheated by the middlemen while the state and central governments were neglecting them.
R Venkaiah, vice president of Akhila Bharata Kisan Sabha said that the government was neglecting the interests of the farmers. Three ministers from the State at a meeting in Vijayawada fixed the price for subabul and jamaoil earlier. But they failed in providing the price from the middlemen to the farmers, he lamented.
The merchants should give at least the minimum support price fixed by the government to save farmers from the burden of loans.
The State government also should stop playing with the lives of farmers and issue a GO applicable to all districts in the state with a better MSP.
It should also ensure that the companies who are not paying the money for a long time clear the dues immediately to the farmers.
Former minister Vadde Sobhanadreshwara Rao said, “It is injustice to fix different prices for different districts for the same product. The government should help the farmers by fixing the same price for all districts.”
The Prakasam Jilla Abhivruddhi Vedika president Chunduri Ranga Rao, district CPI secretary K Aruna, Kisan Congress president J Gurunadha Rao and others also participated in the protest.