Vidarbha farmers to join Bharat-bandh
Monday, September 17, 2012 AT 11:03 AM (IST)
MUMBAI: Lakhs of farmers hit by agrarian crisis in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and widows of farmers who had committed suicide in the last 10 years, would join the nationwide bandh called by different political parties on September 20.
"We would block national highways passing through Vidarbha," said Kishor Tiwari, the founder of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, a farmers' pressure group.
"Farmers have become innocent victims of wrong usage of technology by MNCs (Multi National Companies) and faulty policies of state resulting more than 9,000 farmers suicides ever since the American company, Monsanto was allowed in 2005 to take over cotton economy of the region," Tiwari alleged.
“Vidarbha is a classic example of flaws in allowing FDI in agriculture as MNCs have done massive investment in seed, fertilizers, pesticide and infrastructure and have created their monopoly.” Tiwari allege