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JP Faults Govt’s Agriculture Policies

Posted by on March 9, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: The Lok Satta Party MLA, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, on Wednesday highlighted the flaws in the government policies with regard to agriculture sector and farmers’ welfare.

Participating in the discussion in the Assembly, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan said that the successive governments have failed to correct the mistakes in the agriculture policy. He would offer apology to the entire House, if a single farmer in the State felt that the MSP was benefiting them. Reminding that there was good demand for boiled rice in foreign market, he expressed wonder why the Centre has imposed ban on export of the rice.

Allaying the concerns of the Centre that the export of rice would skyrocket the prices in the country’s market, he reminded that the crop production in the State was highest and lakhs of tons of paddy was rattling in godowns. Moreover, two crore people in the State have ration cards that would ensure essential commodities to them. He urged the State government to convince the Centre to remove restriction on export of paddy.

“On the one side, the neighboring countries were imposing export duty on palm oil, but there was no import duty on palm oil in the country. The government should introduce import duty on palm oil as 90 per cent of palm oil was imported once. The money collected as import duty should be spent for palm oil farmers’ welfare”, he suggested.

He also suggested to the government to set up more cold storages to meet the demand in the State. The prices were low for the crop in the market where there was involvement of the government, he regretted. “No government in the world will be causing injustice to the farmers like ours”, he deplored. (NSS)

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