Cotton farmers demand 8,000 per quintal
Cotton farmers, led by Telangana Rythu Sangham took, out a rally demanding remunerative price to their produce.
Warangal: Cotton farmers, led by Telangana Rythu Sangham took, out a rally demanding remunerative price to their produce.
Addressing a meeting after the dharna here on Tuesday, AIKS national vice-president Sarampally Malla Reddy deplored that farmers in the State, who cultivated cotton in around 46 lakh acres, subjected to untold misery.
“The indifferent rain patterns this season wreaked havoc on crop resulting in low yield. On the other hand, the Central government announced a support price of Rs 4,320 per quintal, this despite State government’s recommendation of Rs 7,725 per quintal,” he said.
This apart, though the State urged the Centre to open 145 CCI procurement centres across Telangana, but the number was limited to just 83 centres. Moreover, the CCI centres are yet to start purchases even though cotton arrivals have started almost a month ago, Reddy said.
As a result, the private traders have been exploiting the situation by offering anywhere between Rs 1,500 and Rs 3,500 a quintal, he added.
He along with other leaders – P Janga Reddy, V Sanjeeva Reddy and T Sagar and scores of farmers - submitted a memorandum to the CCI Regional Officer Aditya.
The farmers’ demands included – purchase of cotton irrespective of moisture content with Rs 8,000 per quintal, starting of more procurement centres, cancellation of licence of traders who resorted to illegal methods in procurement, providing a compensation of Rs 20,000 per acre to those farmers suffered crop loss due to indifferent rain pattern and procurement of cotton through IKP centres.