Vidarbha farmers urge govt to focus on farmers, not agriculture in 2013 Budget
Since 2009, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has been claiming record agriculture production but at the same time agrarian crisis in India is getting worse, resulting in increasing number of farmer suicides, as per NCRB figures.
“Agrarian community of suicide-hit Vidarbha region of Maharashtra
has urged Union finance minister to focus on dying farmers of the country in the annual Budget 2013-14. This will save five billion rural population, which is being victimized in the name of new technology
or free trade, resulting in vertical and horizontal monopoly of few MNCs in Agriculture sector,” Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) said today.
“Vidarbha is classic example of government’s wrong policies in the name of second green revolution where farmers’ are killing themselves every eight hours since June 2005. The problem persisits even after relief packages amounting Rs.10,000 crore and farm loan waiver amounting more than Rs.12,000 crore ,agrarian crisis were announced.”
“All relief packages were targeted at agriculture in the name infrastructure or technology but sustainable holistic solution to hardship of distressed dying cotton were not even given any consideration in Indian budgets since 2006. Hence, we have requested Indian finance minister to re-look and review prevailing agriculture policies which are forcing farmers to commit suicide even after country in claiming record agriculture production,” Tiwari added.