Aid starved Drought hit farmers ‘Hallabol’ on collector's office –Thousand farm widows and farmers resolved in Protest Agitation
Yavatmal, July 12
Thousand of distressed vidarbha aframers and farm wdiows to reslove to start ‘Hallabol’ agitation if demands of announcement of a minimum support price for cotton, waiver of all farm loans, fresh credit for taking advantage of the sowing season which will end soon besides food, health and education security for the farmers in one day fast agitation in farm suicide epicenter Yavatmal district Pandharkawada town 150 km away from Nagpur .
Distressed farmers are taking extreme step killing themselves due complete apathy of state and central govt. after monsoon failed in large parts of eastern Maharashtra, which has compelled many of them to go in for second and third sowing this year as more than 800,000 farmers in the region have become victims of little or no rains as the cotton sowing season is in full swing,. Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief Kishore Tiwari, infromed in press release .
Massive protest rally farmers and farm widows has expressed their shock over NDA Govt. budget which has ignored the main demand of revised MSP of cotton as PM Modi’s formula of cultivation cost plus 50% profit ,this is betryal with dying maharashtra cotton farmers as we need urgent intervention of PM Modi,KBC fame Aprana Malikar fumed anger in the rally .
‘Rs.8 lakh crore credit to farmers as short term crop loan announed by finance minister is eyewash as more than 90% dry land farmers are not illgiable for fresh crop loan to earlier default hence loan waiver package for dry land farmers is solution to save dying vidarbha agrarina community’Tiwari urged Govt. in the protest rally .
"They sowed seeds bought from loans early June. But, after the crop rotted without rains, many again availed loans for a second sowing late June, which met the same fate. Some are now going for a third sowing, hoping rains will revive in July, but so far the skies are clear and The elusive rains have destroyed the cotton and soyabean seeds sowed in over two million hectare farmlands across Vidarbha, even as the spectre of drought looms large" Tiwari informed to media today.
"The first budget of the new NDA regime failed to enthuse the farmers especially, as there was no mention of minimum support prices for cotton. Now, there are reports cheap cotton is being imported in huge quantities into India. This will multiply the farmland miseries for the next four-five years," rued Tiwari.
To day’s one day a sit-in demonstration was organised to draw government's attention to the impending crises and halt the cotton imports, Tiwari said thousand of farmers and farm widows joined a day-long hunger strike in pandharkawada today .
If the main demands of drought hit vidarbha of revision a minimum support price for cotton, waiver of all farm loans, fresh credit for taking advantage of the sowing season which will end soon besides food, health and education security for the farmers are not met then lakhs of afrmers will march to YAvatmal collectore to sit for indefinite fast from 1st august ,Tiwari announced today.
Incidentally, the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has put Maharashtra on the top in the list of farmland suicides with 3,146 deaths in 2013.The NCRB said since 1995, there have been 60,768 farmer suicides in the state, which Tiwari has termed as "genocide" perpetrated by the wrong policies of the central and the state governments.