RAICHUR: Hundreds of farmers associated with Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) staged a demonstration outside the office of Deputy Commissioner here on Monday over a range of issues including scientific Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for the agricultural produces.
They alleged that the government was deliberately turning a deaf ear to farmers’ issues. They said that state government had pushed the toiling masses, including farmers and workers, into crisis through its anti-people polices and measures,
“Farmers are suffering from inadequate power supply to their irrigation pump-sets, non-payment of compensation for the loss of standing crops in floods, crash in prices of agricultural produces, insufficient supply of fertilisers and other issues. We have brought these issues to the notice of chief minister not only through agitations, but also personally meeting him. He has, however, addressed these issues to our satisfaction,” Chamarasa Malipatil, state president of the organisation said.
He urged the government to come up with scientific MSP to paddy, cotton, onion, maize, groundnut, sunflower, sugarcane and others and establish procurement centres in all the APMCs across the state. He demanded MSPs of Rs. 2, 000 a quintal for maize, Rs. 6,500 a quintal for cotton, Rs. 2,500 a tonne for sugarcane and 3-phase power to IP Sets for 10 hours a day.