Maharashtra Govt.’s GM Food Trials clearance is attempt to Downplay the Agrarian Distress issue of Cost and Credit-VJAS
Dated-31st jan. 2015
When BJP ruled states Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Haryana states have denied permissions for GM food field trials in line with Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Tamil Nadu ,the decision of the BJP-ruled Maharashtra government which is epicenter of agrarian crisis and farm suicide issue to grant no-objection certificates for open field trials in genetically modified lines of rice, chana (chickpeas), maize, brinjal and cotton is being termed as attempt to downplaying core issue of agrarian distress which cost of input and output of agriculture produce and institutional credit which is dying to 90% debt trapped dry land farmers as decision is based on the recommendations of a state-level committee, headed by Anil Kakodkar, the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission which has no representation of farming community and NGO representing environmental and public health cocern or economic issues including Swadeshi Jagran Manch which is economic wing of RSS hence issue of farmer’s economic interest and national sovereignty of traditional agrarian practices is matter of serious concern, Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS), Activist group farm activist group who raising farmers suicides in Vidarbha region informed in press release today over decision .
‘ The repent uncontrolled use of insecticides, weedicide and frequent crop failure due to diseases in crops like rice, cotton, soyabean, groundnut, pigeonpea, brinjal, chilli are issues of agrarian distress and farmers suicides in vidarbha but main issues of minimum support price and availability of bank credit should not be over showed in the name of second green revolution’ TIwari added.
‘we do believe in Mahrashtra chief minister Fadnavis promise that his government will not compromise on national interest or the welfare of our people but he should also follow up with PM Modiji of election promise of introducing the renowned farm scientist M S Swaminathan's formula for fixation of MSP which provides for cost plus 50 per cent remuneration to the farmers as the basis of fixation of MSP for agricultural crops during the process of finalization of Union Budget for 2014-15 along with fresh intuitional credit restoration to every debt trapped farmers as that is only way to make agriculture far more sustainable besides ensuring no farmer was compelled to either leave this occupation or commit suicide’ Tiwari urged..