Hyderabad: Demanding the Chief Minister Mr. N Kiran Kumar Reddy to provide minimum support price to the Mango farmers as was done to the paddy farmers, the State BJP president Mr. G Kishan Reddy has said that the farmers were being cheated by unscrupulous industrialists.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister here on Monday, Mr. Kishan Reddy has alleged that the mango ‘gujju’ industrialists were deceiving the Mango farmers becoming a syndicate and paying meager Rs.3,000 to Rs.4000 per ton as against Rs.15,000 to Rs.30,000 per ton paid to the farmers last year. He said that the Chittoor and Kadapa district farmers were cultivating in 15,000 hectares and there were about 50 ‘gujju’ industries there.
He has demanded the Chief Minister to provide at least Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 for a ton of mango to help the mango farmers in these districts. He also demanded the government to encourage the mango farmers by getting orders from other countries to export the mango products. He has urged the Chief Minister to provide containers with freezers to export the mangos, giving concession in the train transport. He has also asked the government to establish cold storage plants in every district to preserve mango products.
Mr. Kishan Reddy has also said that the government has to establish vapor heat treatment plants to provide quality mangos to the people. He has requested the government to control using of carbide and other chemicals to preserve mangos. The government has to initiate steps to sanction long term loans of Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000 per acre with three percent interest to the Mango farmers he has added.
The BJP leader has alleged that the vapor heater established in Tirupati Mango Market with Rs.12 crores was not in use because of lack of technical persons, and urged the government to take steps to restore it by providing technical staff. He has also requested the government to provide minimum facilities to the farmers in all market yards in the State.