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HYDERABAD: All party farmers' associations have extended their support to the call given by various political parties to lay siege to the State and National Highways on December 11 to press solution to the farmers' problems.
Telugu Rythu State general secretary N.Venkateswara Rao, All India Forward Bloc State convenor L. Muralidhar Deshpande told reporters here on Tuesday that with no remunerative price and damage to crops due to series of natural calamities, farmers were caught in a crisis. Despite several representations , the State and Central governments remained indifferent to their plight, they lamented.
Citing an instance, Mr.Venkateswara Rao said while the government announced Rs.1,030 as minimum support price for paddy which was not enough, in reality farmers were forced to sell it for as low as Rs.600 per quintal.
While there was no decline in the price of the rice, farmers were denied a fair price as government did not initiate steps for purchase of paddy as in other states.
Mr. Muralidhar Deshpande appealed to the farmers to observe ‘crop holiday' for a couple of years under which farmers would raise crops to meet their own requirement. Mr.Bhaskar Rao of Lok Satta farmers' wing said that middle men were minting money by denying farmers' MSP and selling rice at exorbitant rates to consumers in the market.
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