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Centre, State blamed for ryots' plight

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Farmers took the hard decision of crop holiday under unavoidable circumstances: Naidu

Country can prosper if agriculture is made profitable, says TDP president


- PHOTO: SURYA SRIDHAR

Formulating strategy: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and other leaders at an all-party meeting at NTR Bhavan in Hyderabad on Sunday.

HYDERABAD: An all-party meeting convened by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) here on Sunday blamed the State and Central Governments for the unending plight of farmers. It attributed the decision by a section of farmers to go on “crop holiday” this season to the inefficiency of the government.

Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting, TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu said farmers had taken the hard decision of crop holiday voluntarily under unavoidable circumstances and he likened it to non-cooperation movement during the freedom struggle.

‘No choice'

“When huge quantities of paddy, cotton, chilli and tobacco are still lying with the farmers due to lack of support price and non-procurement, they are left with no choice,” Mr. Naidu said.

It was the government that could create confidence among farmers to withdraw the decision by speeding up procurement to ensure support price and providing inputs like seed and fertilizer at affordable rates, he felt.

“The country can prosper only if the farm sector overcomes crisis and farmers can prosper if agriculture is made profitable,” the TDP chief noted.

Mr. Naidu demanded that the government to set up price committees to ensure remunerative price to all crops as per the M.S. Swaminathan Commission recommendations.

The TDP would create awareness among farmers and build up a nationwide movement with the help of like-minded parties. They would represent farmers' problems to the State and Central governments, he noted.

K. Ramakrishna, president of CPI-affiliated A.P. Ryotu Sangham alleged that State government was misleading farmers by claiming that it had procured 80 per cent of paddy produced in the last rabi season.

Kiran to be petitioned

They would meet Chief Minister on Monday and submit a memorandum on farmers' plight, he stated.

Leader of AP Rythu Sangham (CPI-M) S. Malla Reddy said most of the farmers were denied institutional credit so far and were forced to approach microfinance institutions for their credit needs.

L. Muralidhar Deshpande (Forward Bloc), J. Janakiramulu (RSP), P. Chengal Reddy (Rythanga Samakhya), K. Srinivasa Rao (Lok Satta Party), K. Narayana Rao, MP, and Kodela Sivaprasada Rao (TDP) and others participated.

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