Hyderabad: TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu has urged the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to ensure that compensation was paid to farmers, who have declared crop holiday in certain districts of Andhra Pradesh.
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Mr Naidu has said that though the farmers have lost their crops for the last two consecutive years because of natural calamities, the Central and State governments have not rendered any help to them. Added to the losses, he said the farmers could not get MSP and huge stocks of paddy had piled up for want of buyers. He said the government agencies had failed to procure paddy and due to acute shortage of storage space, paddy stocks were left unprotected in open fields.
Referring to a series of requests made to the government for enhancement of the MSP for paddy, Mr. Naidu has urged the Prime Minister to immediately implement the Swaminathan Committee recommendations. He said the ever increasing cost of inputs, natural calamities and associated archaic relief policies and injustice in fixation and implementation of MSP have all made farming an un-remunerative enterprise.
He said in this background, farmers of the coastal districts have voluntarily declared crop holiday and kept their fertile lands fallow. “This is an unprecedented situation and it has wider ramifications in the long run and certainly have disastrous consequences on food security. The state government has failed to convince the farmers and dealt the issue very casually and left them to their fate,” Mr. Naidu has complained in his letter. He has urged the centre to immediately help the farmers who had declared crop holiday and send a team to study the grounds for the precarious condition of the farming community and suggest remedial measures, keeping in view the suggestions made by the Swaminathan Commission.