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YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy says Andhra govt should pay MSP to tobacco farmers
Coming down on the TDP government for its apathy towards tobacco farmers, YSR Congress Party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has demanded that Chandrababu Naidu-led government should compensate the farmers as they had to sell the produce at a lower price than the MSP.

Addressing a dharna programme at the Tanguturu Tobacco Auction Center in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesy, today, he deplored that while the Governments, State and Centre, did not take proper measures to procure tobacco during the season, from January to June, stocks are piled up with the farmers and they had to resort to distress selling at a much lower price than that of the MSP.

According to news item posted on the YSR Congress's official website, Jagan Mohan Reddy said that even graded tobacco is not getting MSP as the auction is delayed and the produce getting decoloured with the moisture due to rains.

He accused that this shows the apathy of the State towards tobacco farmers, who are running from pillar to post to secure loan as they became defaulters with Chandrababu Naidu going back on his promise of loan waiver. As a result, the extent of cultivation is also coming down.

When the extent of cultivation comes down, as per natural market dynamics, the prices of tobacco should go up. But, he wondered that in this State it is otherwise and the main reason is the faulty policy of the government.

The State has announced that it will ensure that the price would be a minimum of RS 67 per kg but due to its inaction the produce is sold at a paltry Rs 34 per kg. While it takes three months to harvest the crop, it is taking more than ten months to sell the produce, he said and demanded that the difference amount should be compensated by the State.

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