New Delhi: TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu
today called upon farmers to "assert" their rights like they
did during the agitation against the sugar cane pricing policy
recently to "make the Government listen to them".
"Lakhs and lakhs of farmers assembled in Delhi against
the sugarcane ordinance which led the Government to scrap it.
This is the only way to revolt and this is the only way to
make Government listen," Naidu said at a farmers convention
Naidu termed the Government`s Agriculture policy as
"pro-consumer but against the interests of farmers". He asked
the farmers to bring awareness about the issue among the
community and "assert their rights".
He demanded a separate agriculture budget and a vision
for the sector to end farmers` "sufferings" and ensure food
security for the country.
At the same time, he demanded that farmers be paid
remunerative price for their produce instead of the minimum
support price (MRP).
"The input costs of pesticide and fertilizers have
increased like anything. But at the same time, prices of the
agriculture is determined by the Government. There is no
justification to this. Farmers require remunerative price and
not minimum support price," he said.