Release funds for purchasing farm produce: Naidu

TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu has demanded that the Andhra Pradesh government immediately release a market intervention fund of Rs 1,000 crore for purchasing paddy, subabul, pulses and other agri-produce from farmers.

Last Updated: May 12, 2010, 18:04 PM IST

Hyderabad: TDP president N Chandrababu
Naidu has demanded that the Andhra Pradesh government
immediately release a market intervention fund of Rs 1,000
crore for purchasing paddy, subabul, pulses and other
agricultural produce from farmers.

He also wanted the Union Government to lift the ban on
cotton exports to enable farmers get remunerative price.
The Tobacco Board, under the Union Commerce Ministry, should
release funds from its Rs 350 crore corpus, for procuring
tobacco stocks from farmers in Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing a press conference at the TDP headquarters
NTR Bhavan here today, Chandrababu said he would soon meet
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Agriculture Minister
Sharad Pawar to represent the farmers? grievances and seek
their intervention for redressing them.

Chandrababu, who returned from a two-day tour of
Prakasam and Guntur districts where he interacted with farmers
to study their problems, lashed out at Chief Minister K
Rosaiah for remaining indifferent to the farmers’ plight.

"Farmers are about to revolt as they are in no
position to overcome their problems. Don’t drive them to such
a situation," the TDP president cautioned.

He wanted the state government to immediately convene
an all-party meeting to discuss the farmers’ issues and devise
an action plan to tide over the crisis.

PTI