Vidarbha farmers want restrictions on cotton exports lifted



Yavatmal: Several Vidarbha farmers' organisations, including Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, have sent a memorandum to the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, urging her to intervene to stop exploitation of farmers in the region.

The memorandum was sent yesterday.

It demands that all the restrictions on export of cotton be lifted, as the cotton prices in domestic markets have crashed from over Rs 6,000 per quintal to Rs 2000 per quintal.

The memorandum also draws her attention to crisis faced by pulses cultivators.

According to the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti's president, Kishor Tiwari, the private traders have brought the prices of pulses down artificially, especially that of tur dal.

The memorandum urges Sonia to see to it that farmers get the minimum support price for tur at Rs 3,000 per quintal.

PTI