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Sunday, 4 March 2012

Parliamentary committee on agriculture visited on 2nd March 2012 to the suicide-prone areas of Vidarbha& termed the spiraling suicides by farmers as 'National Shame'.


Parliamentary committee on agriculture visited on 2nd March 2012 to the suicide-prone areas of Vidarbha& termed the spiraling suicides by farmers as 'National Shame'.

                                             MOVEMENT FOR PEACE&JUSTICE (MPJ)
                                                                                   (Maharashtra)                                           
                                                                Add. 326,ibrahim rahmatullah rd,mumbai-03(India)
                                                                    PRESSNOTE
Parliamentary committee on agriculture visited on 2nd March 2012 to the suicide-prone areas of Vidarbha& termed the spiraling suicides by farmers as 'National Shame'.
The worst hit region is both Marthwada and Vidarbha as this region lack the basic facility of irrigation and crop failure due to 'false seed' supply (BT cotton).The agrarian crisis still persists the farmers are still debt ridden; the year 2011 saw nearly 900 farmers' suicides cases and this year about 70 farmers and every day at least one or two farmers die alone in entire State which is sad and shocking.
MPJ demanded to implement Dr Narendra Jadhav report  on Dec 2010 & for the same a rally was taken to Nagpur Assembly on 7th Dec 2010 to highlight the plights of our farmers and demanding the implementation of Dr Narendra Jadhav report and the memorandum was submitted to the minister. If the Govt of Mahrashtra had then accepted the demands made by MPJ regards to progress of farmers and agriculture as a whole, we would had seen a better prospect in our State now.
Farmers in Maharashtra Vidarbha& Marathwada region have been committing suicides unfailingly, this inspite of the debt waiver packages.MPJ had even that time protested that the land holding for debt waiver to be increased for dry land farmers and that merely the debt waiver will not liberate the farmers and farm crisis unless farming becomes profitable and a long term solution is mooted out. Seeking the long term vision to make our State progressive and stop the farmer's suicide. We are again demanding the implementation of Dr. Narendra Jadhav committee report in Mah. Dr.N.Jadhav has given various recommendations for the benefit of farmers like:-
1)    Irrigation Facilities: - For accelerating the annual agricultural growth rate to 4.4%&above in the State of Maharashtra, a very substantial improvement in the irrigation facilities in a balanced manner would be necessary.
2)    Supply of Credit:-Reorganization of Rural Financial Institutions.
3)    Reasonable Prices for Agricultural Produce.
4)    Creation of Agent-free Marketing System.
5)    Supply of Good Quality Seeds.
6)    Improved Crop Insurance Scheme.
7)    Coupon-based Grants for Fertilizers and Pesticides.
8)    Medication for Crop-Diseases.
9)    Infrastructural Facilities- Setting up of rural warehouses and cold storage facilities.
     10) Appropriate Technology, Distribution and Marketing.
 
For Food security and progress and development of the state farmers must be protected, which is only possible that our planning are farmer's centric.if the report is not implemented MPJ will pressurize Govt in all democratic ways.
 
Thanking you,
                                                                                       Yours faithfully,                        
                                                                                       Soheb Lokhandwala              mpjmedia@gmail.com
                                                                                       MPJ Media (Mah.)
 
 
 


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