TDP chief calls upon farmers to assert their rights
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 18:21
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 here.

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.


First Published: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 18:21

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