‘Extend procurement of red gram till May 30’

A joint committee of pro-farmers organisations, including Akhila Bharat Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Kisan Mattu Krishi Kaarmika Sangha and Negilayogi Raitha Okkutta, Aland, staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Wednesday demanding that the State government extend the deadline for red gram procurement till May 30.

AIKS district president Maula Mulla said that over 50 % of red gram produce had remained unsold due to limited number of procurement centres established in the district.

Nearly 49,000 farmers have harvested more than 40 lakh quintals of red gram in Kalaburagi district, of which only 20 lakh quintals have been purchased through procurement centres and by private traders in the last two-and-a-half months.

Due to shortage of gunny bags at the procurement centres, which purchased the crop at minimum support price till April 22, farmers could not sell their 20 lakh quintals of red gram crop.

The farmers have now no choice but to sell their crop to private traders at a lower price if the government fails to reopen the procurement centres for another one month.

Meanwhile, the price of red gram has crashed below the minimum support price of Rs. 5,500 a quintal in the market, he added.

Mr. Mulla accused the Chief Minister of neglecting farmers and said that they (farmers) would teach a befitting lesson to the Congress government in the coming elections if it did not concede the farmers’ plea.

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