Hyderabad: A delegation of leaders of farmers’ associations, led by the Lok Satta Party president, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, on Monday urged the State government to procure paddy from the farmers and export it to other countries where there was good demand for Indian food grains.
The delegation of Federation of Independent Farmers’ Association, an umbrella organization of politically non-affiliated farmers’ bodies, under the aegis Dr Jayaprakash Narayan met the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, in the camp office and submitted a memorandum in this regard.
Speaking to mediapersons, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan said that good food grain production was recorded in the State this year. “We have 24-crore metric tons of buffer stocks of food grains as against required 15-crore metric tons. Taking it as an undue advantage, the millers were exploiting the farmers and purchasing paddy at the price less than MSP of Rs 1,030 per quintal”, he said and reminded that the crop production has drastically fell in China and some other countries and the Indian food grains have good demand there. The government should directly purchase the food grain from the farmers and export them to the countries where there was good demand and financially help the farmers, he opined.
Dr Narayan also called upon the farmers of Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to unitedly fight to bring pressure on the Centre on the issue. He also underlined the need for uncompromised agitation to protect the interests of the farmers, irrespective of political affiliations.
The Federation leaders, Mr Peddireddy Changal Reddy and Mr Nagendranath were in the delegation that met the Chief Minister. (NSS)