Vidarbha Cotton crisis worsen–Three farmer’s suicides Reported in Day
Nagpur-April 20, 2012
The non-receipt of declared relief aid to vidarbha cotton even after lapse of four month and sudden crash in cotton prices due on going stringent restriction on cotton export ,three more vidarbha farmers suicides reported today include one woman farmer ,they are identified as
1.Gajanan Thorat of Village Garm Mahsal a in Karanja taluka of Washim
2.Kamalabai chavan of Village Wadner in Kelapur of Yavatmal
3.Gajanan Ghotekar of Village Kothoda in Kelapur of Yavatmal,
informed farm activist Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti VJAS,
Maharashtra Govt. declared relief aid to cotton farmers of vidarbha in last December 2011 to the tune Rs.2000 crore but till today not single paisa has been paid to distressed farmers more over suddenly union Govt. Of India on 4th March impose the blanket ban on cotton export then imposing srigent conditions of cotton export has severely affected the raw cotton rates was traded above @Rs.4200/- quintal but after the export ban brought down @Rs.3400 quintal ,this is reason to give trigger to restarting farm suicide spiral in vidarbha, Tiwari added.
“Don’t vote CONGRESS-NCP, they will destroy
Nation-Dying Farmers Suicide Note
“I can not do the marriage of my daughter and please save my family .please do not vote Congress –NCP ,these parties will destroy nation” this is last request made by Gajanan Ghotekar ,cotton farmer of village kothoda in kelapur taluka of yavatmal district who committed suicide on 19th April night to mounting debt of bank taken for the tractor and non-payment of installments ,police has recovered this suicide note from Ghotekar’s family members and verifying it’s hand writing but in last five years lot of suicides notes of cotton farmers who committed suicides alleging state driven wrong policies are recovered but administration failed to take corrective action ” Tiwari added.
In India 7 million cotton farmers families cultivating cotton in 12 million hectors from states of Maharashtra ,Gujrat,AP,MP,Rajthan and Punjab who are in debt trap due to cotton crop failure this year and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has been demanding UPA Govt. to remove all barriers of export in Agri. Products which is being supported by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiraj Chvan ,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy but corrupt cartel of commerce ministry has managed to continue the anti-farmer policies which is being reflected in farmers suicides of vidarbha ,our all protest and requisitions are shown dustbin ,this is mouch more humiliating ”Tiwari informed.
“All earlier GOM meeting have been high-jacked and Babus involved commerce Ministry and Cotton Advisory Board CAB has been giving fabricated data of national cotton consumption and production to justify the restrictions imposed for cotton export which are not in line with ground reality .We are till confused to understand the justification to protect finger counting people by pushing more than 10 million agrarian in deep economical crisis ” Tiwari added.