Sunday, July 31, 2011

Suicide of Activist-His Plights worte by P.sainath-Cowed down by the Prime Minister


Published: May 13, 2011 00:42 IST | Updated: May 13, 2011 11:36 IST

Cowed down by the Prime Minister

P. Sainath

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Vidarbha Agrarian crisis has been fueled by complete apathy of India Govt. as Today farm activist Devidas Gangulwar committed suicide in village Mnadava who took P.sainath to his village and his plights were wrote by P.sainath are reproduced here .he is 554th farm suicide in vidarbha where daily two farmers are killing them selves due to debt and distress if administration would have looked in hardship of Devidas Gangulwar his life would have beeem saved .the suicide of farm activist like Devidas Gangulwar is serious signle of on going agrarian crisis .we are reporoducing the article as tribute to Devidas Gangulwar .the death of devidas is due failure of prime minister package who forced Mandava poor tribal to take cows and that has created debt and genocide of devidas. devidas is not the only case in isolation hundred farm activist and local social activist were given ppor quality cows ,equipments and other resulting in to deep distress .we appeal Indian prime minister to visit mandava and save other dying tribal farmers )

Mandwa’s “beneficiaries” gather round one of the four surviving cows from the Prime Minister’s package. Photo: P. Sainath
Mandwa’s “beneficiaries” gather round one of the four surviving cows from the Prime Minister’s package. Devidas Gangulwar seen in photo-Photo: P. Sainath

Four years after hybrid cattle came to Mandwa under the Prime Minister's relief programme, the village has paid the price.

Mandwa is still trying to recover from the Prime Minister's relief package. This Adivasi village (population: 550) got 36 hybrid cows under Manmohan Singh's 2006 programme to help Vidarbha's struggling farmers at the height of their crisis. The cows (and sometimes buffaloes) did not come free. “We paid Rs.4,500 and the government Rs.13,500 for each cow [a 75-per-cent subsidy],” says Devidas Kishtareddy Gangulwar in the village. “Most of the members of our [all-male] self-help groups got two cows. Meaning each paid Rs.9,000”

Four years after the hybrids (cutely called aadha Jerseys, or half-Jerseys) came to Mandwa, the village has paid the price. Of the 36, 20 have died, 12 were sold off at huge losses to the “owner-beneficiaries” and four remain, ornaments providing little or no milk at all. But not before twenty poor Kolam and Gond Adivasis had lost close to Rs.3,00,000 on them by way of their share of the purchase cost, transportation and maintenance.

It's a story replicated across the crisis districts of a region plagued by large numbers of farm suicides. In a modestly titled section, “Unfruitful subsidy under Prime Minister's Package”, a Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) notes that a scrutiny in just three of the six crisis districts proved startling. It showed that “509 animals were dead, 473 were sold and 1867 could not be verified” as still being with the stated owner. That's nearly 28 per cent of “10,210 animals distributed during the package period” of 2006-07 to 2009-10.

Then there's the “unfruitful subsidy” on the same count arising from the “Chief Minister's Package.” That, too, saw a distribution of over 6,000 milch animals in the same districts. The score: 466 animals dead, 517 sold and 1266 “non-traceable.”

The Chief Minister's package was merged in November 2006 with the Prime Minister's. Many warned at the time against giving costly cattle to poor farmers who had neither fodder nor water. Nor was there training for people who had never been cattle breeders, as in Mandwa's case. Yet, over Rs.50 crore was splurged on the purchase of livestock.

There is not one working hand pump in Mandwa. “We fetch our water from more than a kilometre away,” says Mr. Gangulwar, just as a cart rolls in with a big drum of it. “Fodder? Just go out and try buying some.”

“While the cows lasted, we spent far more on them than we could afford,” says Ayya Baheru Atram. Breeders say looking after such animals properly takes between Rs.150 and Rs.200 a day. “Which one of us could spend more than Rs.40?” asks Sonerao Meshram, another beneficiary. “And that, only for a few months till we went bankrupt.” Mr. Sonerao is the proud owner of one of the four survivors and all gather round it for a group photograph.

Frequent ailments plagued the hybrid animals (a few were “aadha Holsteins”) which simply could not cope with conditions in this hillside village. “They were shaking in the 45 Celsius heat,” says Devidas Gangulwar. “We had to take them often to the veterinary doctor,” say a chorus of voices. Ultimately, “the vet's income went up, ours went down.”

But surely, there were benefits from the sale of milk? There are rueful smiles. “The milk was very thin and there were no takers,” says Shyamrao Ramulu Akulwar. “The first month, the cows actually gave eight litres a day. But there were no buyers and the market is pretty far off, too. So we had a brief glut of milk here.” Most had really hoped they would get sturdy bullocks from the offspring. This is a rough terrain to plough. The manure would also have helped. “As we ran out of money and stopped feeding them even that Rs.40 worth, they stopped giving us even that thin milk,” says Mr. Shyamrao.

Ayya Atram “held on to the cow for two years but the milk lasted four months.” Its required diet missing, the cow shrank and the one calf it produced died. We could have, the Adivasis say, “handled local breeds. These animals were aliens to us.” They could also have handled poultry well, but were never told of the option. Somebody had cows to sell.

There's a drama behind the Prime Minister's missing cows, and the ones that were sold-off. One the CAG report obviously cannot enter. And not restricted to Mandwa. The beneficiaries did not profit from what turned out to be high-eating low-yielding cows. “We sold when the damn things drove us bankrupt,” complains one villager. Those who sold, got a fraction of the Rs.9,000 they had spent. Others failed to sell before the animals died, losing out totally. In several villages, people simply gave the animal away, unable to feed it, unwilling to kill it. And, says one activist in the region, “a few were consumed in one or two hungry villages.”

There is also a less recorded drama of where the cows came from and how the programmes set the cash registers ringing somewhere. Some of the aadha Jerseys and half-Holsteins, insist activists, were from Ahmednagar district. A couple of dealers in Vidarbha also seem to have made a killing. Mandwa's beneficiaries were taken to a cattle sale in Wardha and asked to choose from a specific dealer there. They also paid all the considerable transportation costs themselves.

Meanwhile, the package has wound up. Mandwa now seeks relief from the package's effects.

Vidarbha Farmers welcomes to Govt decision lifts restrictions on cotton exports

Vidarbha Farmers welcomes to Govt decision lifts restrictions on cotton exports

Nagpur –July 31, 2011

Vidarbha cotton farmers who are killing themselves due to cotton price crash after the imposition of export ban on cotton bales welcome the government today decision to remove all quantitative restrictions on the export of cotton and permitted shipments under open general licenses (OGL) for the remainder of the current season.

As per announcement of commerce secretary Rahul Khullar the remaining stock of cotton bales for the cotton season runs from October to September will be under free export . Cotton exports for the remaining two months (August and September) have now been put under OGL, "Now, exporters only have to register with the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)," khuller said.

“this is long pending demand of cotton farmers of India has been finally fulfilled ,we are thankful that to the ministries of commerce, textiles and agriculture, convened by commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma here last week who are forced the textile ministry to change it’s stand ” , Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti VJAS informed in press note today .

In October last year, the government had capped cotton exports at 55 lakh bales (170 kg each) to protect the domestic textiles industry in the face of rising raw material prices. An additional 10 lakh bales were permitted for export in June, after prices had corrected sharply.Prices have declined to about Rs 31,000 per candy (356 kg) now from the peak of Rs 62,500 per candy in March-end.

The restrictions on cotton yarn were removed from April 1, after the manufacturers found themselves saddled with big inventories following the curbs on exports.

According to the estimates of the Cotton Advisory Board (CAB), the cotton surplus at the end of the current season would be 52.5 lakh bales on account of lower industry demand. In February, the CAB had estimated it at 27.5 lakh bales.

Likewise, the projection for domestic consumption of cotton this season has been lowered to 236 lakh bales, as against the earlier estimate of 265 lakh bales, on account of high inventories.

Due to export restrictions the cotton price are further crashed in India more farmers suicides are being reported the reason for much Taboo on Cotton exports from India is result of unholy cartel of finger counting textile tycoon and Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran which is responsible for present cotton growers crisis in India ,farm activist group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti VJAS allged and Indian prime minister to was asked to sack Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran to save more than 5 million dying cotton farmers of Maharashtra .

“Cotton prices have increased from Rs 30000/candy in April 2010 to Rs 60000/candy April 2011 which is an increase of about Rs 70-75 per kg and immediately Spinners increased the price of yarn from rs 150/- per kg in April 2010 for 30s combed to Rs 230/- per kg in April 2011. increase of Rs 80 per kg which reflects in cotton value to Rs 30000/per candy minimum. Fabric weavers too have increased prices of grey fabric of 40 x 40 counts 124 x 64 with 200 gm per mtr which is quoted at about Rs 70/- per sqmtr as against Rs 38 in April 2010. There s an increase of Rs 32/mtr which is Rs 160/- per kg which in terms of candy is about Rs 58/60000 and present ban on export has brought back cotton prices to the level of April 2010 which is artificial an stage managed and Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran was directly involved in this scam ” Tiwari added.

‘As Cotton is an agricultural commodity and higher the prices farmers get, they will be encouraged to produce more and more of cotton and when Cotton production has grown from a low of 225 lac bales to 330 lac bales in last 5 years the undue protection to Local textile mills benefiting of buying Indian cotton at prices which are at least

lower by 30% as compared to its competitor in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries who buy from other growths which is reason behind the present restriction of cotton export and when Indian cotton after lot of hard work and promotion by exporters have found a very stable and regular market of its cotton in foreign countries and Govt should ensure that the markets created are not lost to competition due to faulty Govt policies.” It is alleged.

‘We urge central intervention and demand to lift all export restriction of cotton bales and yarn permanently too so that farmers get higher price to cotton ‘’Tiwari urged.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Five more vidarbha farmer killed themselves commits suicides reported in 48 Hours – Maharashtra Govt. apathy adding fuel to vidarbha agrarian crisis

Five more vidarbha farmer killed themselves commits suicides reported in 48 Hours – Maharashtra Govt. apathy adding fuel to vidarbha agrarian crisis

Five more vidarbha farmer killed themselves commits suicides reported in 48 Hours – Maharashtra Govt. apathy adding fuel to vidarbha agrarian crisis

Nagpur- Dated 29rd July 2011

Five ill fated vidarbha farmers’ suicides reported in last 48 hours giving serious indication of another trigger of farm suicide spiral as 17 more debt trapped farmers suicides already reported in last ten days taking official toll 453 in year 2011 alone, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press release today.

As per national media report in last two days five farmers namely

1.Babaulal Pawar of Sakha-Tanda in Yavatmal

2.Divakar Wankhede In Gond Buranda in Yavatmal

3.Sudam Rathode Of Vargandi in Yavatmal

4.Anil Dhonge of Bhilapur in Amaravati

5.Onkar Paraskar of Talki in Buldhana

Earlier in last seven days farm suicides reported are

6.Natthu Zade of Village Wadgoan in Yavatmal

7.Kisan Rathode of Village Pophali in Yavatmal

8.Raju Sangale of Village Arada in Amaravati

9.Mohan Bhakare of Vadner in Amaravati

10.Krupalu Nareddy of Village Mangatola inGondia

11.Kisan Mane of Village Chatari in Yavatmal

12.Pushottam Galaskar of Chavsala in Amaravati

13.Tukaram Ingale of Alegoan in Akola ,

14.Anil Tandilkar of village Ukapati in Amaravatit

15.Subhash Kasdekar of village Ranamalur in Amaravatit

16.Ramesh Jumade of Achalpur in Amaravati

17.Anandrao Khande of viallge Tawashi In Bhandara

In these 17 farm suicides main cotton growing area of west vidarbha Amaravati and Yavatmal include 7 and 6 as these ill-fated farmers have been debt trapped and denied legitimate bank credit too ,most of farmers were forced to do re sowing due bogus seed and erratic delayed rain, Tiwari informed

“Even after vidarbha farm suicide spiral restarted administration has failed to provide any relief to dying vidarbha farmers, as per Govt. order collector of respective district has visit family of farmer who committed suicide and submit it’s report to state administration but till today non of officer has visited the door step of ill fated farmer ,leave apart the collector that very unfortunate ”Tiwari said.

“In Maharashtra ginners and traders are holding more than one million cotton bales as Govt. has put export cap cotton and price are much below the Minimum Support Price

(MSP) which is Rs.3300/- per quintal where ruling congress party and it’s partner NCP has demanded Rs.5000/-per quintal along with lifting all export restriction on cotton but central UPA Govt. has completely ignored vidarbha cotton farmers demand resulting in more and more farm suicides hence on going farm suicides or not simple suicide they are mass genocide done by where civil society is completely salient ”Tiwari alleged

The reason of despair and distress which has forced these farmers for committing suicides is the delayed erratic rain and frequent re-sowing, economic losses due to cotton price rescission and NBARD action to Stall the Agri. Credit to under section 11 to district coop banks (DCB) through ill-fated and bankrupt MS co-op Bank .

‘day by day ground situation is getting gloomy but non of senior official has visited the ill-fated families more over administration failed to address crisis and provide any relief to these dying vidarbha farmer’s families hence we heavy asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiraj Chavan to visit vidarbha and provide relief to distressed farmers in order to stop these on going farm suicides which can be avoided to healing touch from Govt.,but nobody is giving any serious attention to our repeated appeals for the same” Tiwari added.

‘It was July 2006 when Indian Prime Minister visited agrarian crisis prone western vidarbha and announced special relief package of Rs.3750 crore in which the interest waiver of Rs.1080 crore and gave extended Agri. Credit of Rs.2500 crore promising to make it double in next three years but all promises were kept on paper and bankers reduced Agri. Credit for short crop loan has been further reduced to 50% forcing Indian to announce complete loan waiver of Rs.71,000 crore in march 2008 but vidarbha farmers were intentionally kept out this loan waiver and farmers suicides in the cotton cultivating region till continued as non-professional attitude and non-cooperation of bankers the complete exercise of loan waiver has been failed and crop loan amount in last five year reduced to 50% whereas cultivation cost has increased in multifold thanks to skyrocketing prices of Bt.Cotton Seed ,Fertilizer and pesticides and labor ” Tiwari said

As per district administration reports now it’s official crop loan disbursement is less than 50% in comparison to last year disbursement .there is huge cry in vidarbha for fresh crop loan to all illegible farmers but bankers are facing liquidity crunch due to insufficient fund sanctioned by apex bank NABARD even after Dr.Sudhir Goyal promised us as credit flow in Rs.510 crore in first week of July and another installment of Rs.500 crore since 12th July but nothing has happened and crop loan is till standstill due technical issues after RBI twisted the irregularities and scam of existing directors of MSC Bank .vidarbha farmers suffering due default of western Maharashtra sugar lobby this is most unfortunate hence we demand intervention of central Govt. arrange crop loan disbursement to dying vidarbha farmers” Tiwari added.

“We have urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiraj Chavan visit the vidarbha and look at the integrated agrarian problems of cotton grower which is related to credit, minimum support price(MSP) and stringent export restrictions which is accumulating the distress sand despair resulting in farmers suicides ” Tiwari added.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Now, Manju wants to write about farmers’ Agonies- Experience of distress -TIMES OF INDIA

Now, Manju wants to write about farmers’ Agonies-
Experience of distress -TIMES OF INDIA



Manju has first hand experience of their distress

Now, Manju wants to write about farmers’ agonies-

Ramu Bhagwat

Nagpur: In 1998 Ramdas Ambarwar, a farmer at Telang Takli village in Kelapur taluka of Yavatmal district, committed suicide unable to bear the piling debt burden. He was the only bread-earner and with his death the world came crashing down for his widow Saraswati and four daughters. Their youngest daughter, Manju, was just over five then. Since that day, life has been an endless struggle for the Ambarwar family.


For Manju, now 19, Wednesday brought a ray of hope as she secured admission in journalism course of Nagpur University. "I want to pursue journalism. That way I can chronicle life and times of Vidarbha farmers. As the daughter of a farmer who committed suicide, I have seen it all from close quarters and suffered every moment," Manju told TOI. She wants to sensitize people and the government about the miserable conditions in which farmers depending on vagaries of nature and mercy of policymakers have to live.

"After father’s death, mother had to look after the farming work and also run the family. She did not buckle down and gave us all strength to get along in life. She arranged for marriage of two of my elder sisters Sushma and Meenakshi after they had studied up to Class XII. My third sister, Jayshree, was in XII when a serious kidney ailment struck her. Mother wanted her to pursue a professional course as she was a science student. But Jayshree could not survive. Another of my mother’s dream was shattered," said Manju. The already distressed family could hardly afford the costly medical treatment and got into even more financial trouble.

Amid all this, the youngest sibling continued her studies. After primary education in the village, she went to nearby Umri to study up to XII and then commuted daily by ST bus to Pandharkawda for the college. This year she graduated in arts. Visibly happy after securing admission to bachelor of mass communication course at the University campus here, she feels she is a step closer to her ambition of being a journalist. "As a kid, I was impressed by the reporters who regularly visited our home to write about farmer suicides in Yavatmal district. I made up my mind to be a journalist and write on the issue from my personal experience of pain and sufferings," said Manju.

"I remember, soon after father’s suicide the then chief minister Narayan Rane came to our village. At a function organized to hand over compensation cheque of Rs 1 lakh several promises for welfare of farmers were made. Among the promises that were never kept was the one providing free education for children of farm suicide victims," she recalled.

"Thank god for the grit and courage of my mother that we survived the hard times. Also Kishore Tiwari and his Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti came to our rescue and stood by my mother. I have no idea how I will meet the cost of studying and living in a big city like Nagpur. I only hope I realize my ambition and lend a helping hand to my mother back in the village," says Manju.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

भाजप नेत्यांचे प्रकल्पही शेतकऱ्यांच्या जमिनीवर-विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीचा दावा-लोकसत्ता

भाजप नेत्यांचे प्रकल्पही शेतकऱ्यांच्या जमिनीवर-विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीचा दावा-लोकसत्ता
नागपूर, २१ जुलै / खास प्रतिनिधी

http://loksatta.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=171824:2011-07-21-18-49-45&catid=45:2009-07-15-04-01-33&Itemid=56
भारतीय जनता पक्षाचे माजी अध्यक्ष राजनाथसिंह यांनी विदर्भाच्या आत्महत्याग्रस्त भागातील प्रकल्पग्रस्त शेतकऱ्यांच्या व्यथा, वेदना जाणून घेतल्या आणि सरकारने शेतकऱ्यांसाठी धोरण जाहीर करावे, अशी मागणी केली. तथापि, भाजप नेत्यांचेच अनेक प्रकल्प शेतकऱ्यांच्या जमिनीवर उभारण्यात येत असल्याने शेतकऱ्यांबाबत आधी त्यांनी धोरण स्पष्ट करावे, अशी मागणी विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीने केली आहे.
भाजपचे राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष नितीन गडकरी यांच्या उद्योग समूहाचा वीज प्रकल्प यवतमाळ जिल्ह्य़ात उभारण्यात येणार आहे. त्यात हजारो शेतकरी भूमीहिन होणार आहे. भाजपशासित मध्यप्रदेशमध्ये अदानी समूहाचा प्रकल्प येत असून नागपूरला पाणी पुरवठा करणाऱ्या पेंच प्रकल्पाचे पाणी त्या प्रकल्पाला देण्यात येणार आहे. अशा स्थितीत भाजपच्या राष्ट्रीय नेत्यांनी सोयीच्या ठिकाणी शेतकरी हिताच्या वल्गना करणे आणि स्वत:चा पक्ष व सरकारकडून खाजगी प्रकल्पांना शेतकऱ्यांच्या जमिनी मिळवून देण्याची भूमिका दुटप्पी आहे. भाजपने विदर्भ व मध्य भारतातील प्रस्तावित ११६ वीज प्रकल्प आणि प्रकल्पग्रस्तांबाबत आधी भूमिका स्पष्ट करावी, अशी मागणी समितीचे नेते किशोर तिवारी यांनी केले आहे.
राजनाथसिंह यांचा चंद्रपूर आणि यवतमाळ जिल्ह्य़ांचा दौरा पूर्णत: व्यक्तिगत होता. त्यांचे शेतकरी प्रेमही देखावा होते, असे ठाम मत कोलुरा व बिजोरा येथील प्रकल्पग्रस्त शेतकरी व आदिवासींचे झाले आहे. भाजपचे उत्तम इंगळे व मदन येरावार यांचे हे प्रकल्प आहेत. पक्षाध्यक्षांच्या पुढाकाराने शेतकऱ्यांना विस्थापित करण्यात येत आहे. त्यामुळे राजनाथसिंह यांनी यवतमाळमध्ये बसून राहुल गांधी यांना सल्ला देण्याऐवजी पक्षाच्या कार्यकारिणीत चर्चा करून धोरण तयार करावे, असेही समितीने म्हटले आहे.
महाराष्ट्रासह मध्यभारतात ११६ हून अधिक औष्णिक वीज प्रकल्प येत आहेत. ४० हून अधिक प्रकल्प मध्यप्रदेश व छत्तीसगडमध्ये प्रस्तावित आहेत. या वीज केंद्रांच्या उभारणीत पूर्ती समूहाचा सक्रिय सहभाग असल्याचा आरोप तिवारी यांनी केला आहे.
ही गंभीर बाब असल्याने पक्षाने आधी राष्ट्रीय कार्यकारिणीत या मुद्यावर चर्चा करावी. विदर्भातील कापूस उत्पादक शेतकऱ्यांच्या आर्थिक संकटास राजनाथसिंहदेखील जबाबदार आहेत. केंद्रात कृषी मंत्री असताना सिंह यांनी राबवलेले आयात-निर्यातीचे खुले धोरण आणि बियाणे क्षेत्रात विदेशी कंपन्यांना मुक्त प्रवेश देण्यात आल्याने शेतकरी संकटात आले. ज्यांच्या धोरणामुळे शेतकऱ्यांनी आत्महत्या केल्या तेच आता विधवांच्या पुनर्वसनासाठी सरकारला विनंती करत आहेत, यासारखे शेतकऱ्यांचे दुर्दैव नाही. भाजपने त्यांचे धोरण स्पष्ट केल्याखेरीज शेतकरी त्यांच्या पाठिशी उभे राहणार नाहीत, असा दावाही किशोर तिवारी यांनी केला आहे.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Three distress vidarbha farmer commits suicides reported in a day – Prime Minister urged to intervene to solve cotton farmer’s crisis

Three distress vidarbha farmer commits suicides reported in a day – Prime Minister urged to intervene to solve cotton farmer’s crisis

Nagpur- Dated 21st July 2011

The delayed erratic rain and frequent re-sowing, economic losses due to cotton price rescission and NBARD action to Stall the Agri. Credit to under section 11 to district coop banks (DCB) through ill-fated and bankrupt MS co-op Bank has resulted in three more distressed debt-trapped cotton farmers suicides as per media reports are identified as

1.Kisan Mane of Village Chatari in Yavatmal

2.Pushottam Galaskar of Chavsala in Amaravati

3.Tukaram Ingale of Alegoan in Akola , earlier in this week 4 four more farmers

suicides were reported v.i.z.

4.Anil Tandilkar of village Ukapati in Amaravatit

5.Subhash Kasdekar of village Ranamalur in Amaravatit

6.Ramesh Jumade of Achalpur in Amaravati

7.Anandrao Khande of viallge Tawashi In Bhandara

taking official toll 443 in year 2011 alone, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press release today .

‘It was July 2006 when indian prime minister visited agrarian crisis prone western vidarbha and announced special relief package of Rs.3750 crore in which the interest waiver of Rs.1080 crore and gave extended Agri. Credit of Rs.2500 crore promising to make it double in next three years but all promises were kept on paper and bankers reduced Agri. Credit for short crop loan has been further reduced to 50% forcing Indian to announce complete loan waiver of Rs.71,000 crore in march 2008 but vidarbha farmers were intentionally kept out this loan waiver and farmers suicides in the cotton cultivating region till continued as non-professional attitude and non-cooperation of bankers the complete exercise of loan waiver has been failed and crop loan amount in last five year reduced to 50% whereas cultivation cost has increased in multifold thanks to skyrocketing prices of Bt.Cotton Seed ,Fertilizer and pesticides and labor ” Tiwari said

As per district administration reports now it’s official crop loan disbursement is less than 50% in comparison to last year disbursement .there is huge cry in vidarbha for fresh crop loan to all illegible farmers but bankers are facing liquidity crunch due to insufficient fund sanctioned by apex bank NABARD even after Dr.Sudhir Goyal promised us as credit flow in Rs.510 crore in first week of July and another installment of Rs.500 crore since 12th July but nothing has happened and crop loan is till standstill due technical issues after RBI twisted the irregularities and scam of existing directors of MSC Bank .vidarbha farmers suffering due default of western Maharashtra sugar lobby this is most unfortunate hence we demand intervention of central Govt. arrange crop loan disbursement to dying vidarbha farmers” Tiwari added.

“We have urged Indian prime minister to revist the vidarbha and look at the integrated agrarian problems of cotton grower which is related to credit, minimum support price(MSP) and stringent export restrictions which is accumulating the distress sand despair resulting in farmers suicides ” Tiwari added.

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“Come clean on farmers”-Farmer Activist Kishore Tiwari critises BJP –TIME OF INDIA

“Come clean on farmers”-Farmer Activist Kishore Tiwari critises BJP –TIME OF INDIA

Yavatmal, Jul 20,2011

Time news service

President of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), an NGO working for farmer welfare, today demanded that the BJP should declare its National Policy on farmers. Tiwari who proactively advocates cotton growers spoke at a press conference here

Tiwari severely criticized that whirlwind vidarbha tour of former BJP president Rajnath Singh at the behest of sitting LS member Hanraj Aher from chandrapur and sid that singh should have persuaded his party high command to come out from before nation over farmer issue .

Tiwari suggested that the former BJP president should instead of wasting time in rhetoric ,try to end the suffering of the farmers and their widows .he went to extend that of saying that singh should rather take to rahul Gandhi.

It is notable in june chandrapur MP Hansrak Aher organized a day Dharna opposite to Yavatmal District collector against price rise and shortage of seed fertilizers surprisingly former district president Divakar Pande and his splinter group did not participate in it .

‘it is fact that at least six districts of western vidarbha are till under the grip of natural calamities followed by the organized exploitation of illiterate farmers at the hands of unscrupulous moneylenders’ Tiwari said who wondered why a party like BJP overlooked the ailing farmers

He alleged that the BJP leadership has not uttered a single word about 116 thermal power plants projects of private energy producers proposed to come up in central India whih involves acquisition of fertile land running in to thousands of acres .

‘the BJP leaders sympathy and concern toward the the farmers in the country is nothing but a crocodile’s tear’ Tiwari said adding that none of the local leaders has gound time to visit the project affected villagers in get themselves acquainted with the problems of the affected farmers.

Thousand of acres land has to be acquired from farmers for the proposed energy projects at the villages Bijora (Mahagoan) and Kolura(Ner) of Yavatmal District and the affected villagers have strongly protested it.

Yet former BJP MLAa MadanYerawar and Uttam Inagle and former MLC Divakar Pande did not find time to visit affected areas.

Tiwari alleged that BJP president Nitin Gadkari owned Purti industries have grate interest in these projects and Gadkari’s salience stands testimony to it. BJP is playing double role for political gain as earlier it passed resolution of separate vidarbha in it’s national executive meet and now it is in trumpeting over it’s deep concern over farmer issues.

VJAS chief said."I, therefore, demand on behalf of the debt-ridden farmers and farm widows of Vidarbha that the BJP high command make public its national policy on farmers,”

Monday, July 18, 2011

Nabard blocked credit flow to vidarbha :4 farmer suicides in 48 hours-TIMES OF INDIA

Nabard blocked credit flow to vidarbha :4 farmer suicides in 48 hours-TIMES OF INDIA

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Nabard blocked credit flow to vidarbha :4 farmer suicides in 48 hours-TIMES OF INDIA

***"The piling of NPAs of defaulting sugar factories of western Maharashtra led to the state-run Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank to go bankrupt last month. This is a major hurdle in crop loan disbursement to suicide-prone farmers in Vidarbha as NABARD has suspended agriculture credit for want of counter-guarantee by the state administration,"****
NAGPUR: Highlighting the precarious situation of farmers in the region, four farmer suicides were reported in last 48 hours in Vidarbha. Of the latest victims, three are from cotton-growing district of Amravati and one from the paddy belt of Bhandara, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti which keeps a track of such incidents claimed on Saturday.

The four victims were identified as Anil Tandilkar of village Ukapati, Subhash Kasdekar of Ranamalur, Ramesh Jumade of Achalpur (all three in Amravati district) and Anandrao Khande of Tawashi in Bhandara district.

After playing hide and seek for over a month, rain gods may have finally brought some cheer to farmers in Vidarbha. However, the institutional lenders are yet to disburse crop loans to needy farmers. "Probably inability to raise resources in time is leading them to despair and driving cash-starved farmers to end their lives," said Kishore Tiwari of VJAS. With these latest suicides, the farmer suicide toll in the current year has gone up to 440, he claimed

"The piling of NPAs of defaulting sugar factories of western Maharashtra led to the state-run Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank to go bankrupt last month. This is a major hurdle in crop loan disbursement to suicide-prone farmers in Vidarbha as NABARD has suspended agriculture credit for want of counter-guarantee by the state administration," said Tiwari.

He claimed that district administrations have indicated in their reports that crop loan disbursement till date is less than 50% as compared to same period last year. "Farmers eligible for fresh crop loans are left waiting as bankers are facing liquidity crunch with NABARD freezing credit facility of the state apex bank. The state administrator Sudhir Goyal had promised a credit flow of Rs 510 crore in first week of July and another tranche of Rs 500 crore in July second week. But nothing has happened and crop loan disbursement is at standstill," alleged Tiwari

"After the interest waiver of Rs1080 crore in 2006 followed by complete loan waiver of Rs 71,000 crore in March 2008 besides state government's extended loan waiver of Rs 6208 crore in December 2008, it was expected that credit woes of three million Vidarbha farmers would end. But non-professional attitude and non-cooperation of bankers has proved it wrong," said Tiwari. Meanwhile, huge rise in input costs have added to the farmers' burden," he summed up.

Four more Credit starved vidarbha farmer commits suicide in 48 hours

Four more Credit starved vidarbha farmer commits suicide in 48 hours : scanty water and credit restarted farm suicide spiral vidarbha

Nagpur- Dated 18th July 2011

Massive NPA due defaulting sugar factories of western Maharashtra state owned MS cop. Bank which was declared bankrupt in last month by RBI has created major problem of crop loan disbursement in farm suicide prone district of vidarbha as NBARD has Stalled the Agri. Credit to under section 11 in which state administration failed to proper counter grantee, resulting in more four credit starved farmers suicides in last 48 hours taking official toll 440 in year 2011 alone, debt trapped farmers as per media reports are identified as

1.Anil Tandilkar of village Ukapati in Amaravatit

2.Subhash Kasdekar of village Ranamalur in Amaravatit

3.Ramesh Jumade of Achalpur in Amaravati

4.Anandrao Khande of viallge Tawashi In Bhandara

Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed in press release today .

As per district administration reports now it’s official crop loan disbursement is less than 50% in comparison to last year disbursement .there is huge cry all vidarbha fresh crop loan to all illegible farmers but bankers are facing liquidity crunch due insufficient fund sanctioned by apex bank NABARD as agriculture credit has been frozen after the apex MSCB has declared ill and appointed Dr.Sudhir Goyal as it’s administer ‘

“even after Dr.Sudhir Goyal promised us as credit flow in Rs.510 crore in first week of July and another installment of Rs.500 crore since 12th July but nothing has happened and crop loan is till standstill due technical issues after RBI twisted the irregularities and scam of existing directors of MSC Bank .vidarbha farmers suffering due default of western maharashtra sugar lobby this is mast unfortunate hence we demand intervention of central Govt. arrange crop loan disbursement to dying vidarbha farmers” Tiwari added.

‘After the interest waiver of Rs.1080 crore in 2006 followed by complete loan waiver of Rs.71,000 crore in march 2008 added to maharashtra Govt.’s extended loan waiver of Rs.6208 crore in December 2008 ,it was told that in vidarbha at least 3 million farmers will get farm credit from financial institutes but non-professional attitude and non-cooperation of bankers the complete exercise of loan waiver has been failed and crop loan amount in last five year reduced to 50% whereas cultivation cost has increased in multifold thanks to skyrocketing price of Bt.Cotton Seed ,Fertilizer and pesticides and labor ” Tiwari said

“We want vidarbha farm suicide saga as part of history and we don’t want to count further farm suicide in vidarbha but corrupt officials and non-functional public leaders are not allowing us to do so .It’s very much humiliating and disturbing to count the farm suicide and then put it of international radar but in order to save dying farming community ,we will continue to do” Tiwari added.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Protecting cotton industry at the cost of farmer suicides unjust-Merinews






Protecting cotton industry at the cost of farmer suicides unjust-Merinews

Textiles industry should not use state run policies and restrictions to get cheaper cotton from the dying farmers. The new Textile Minister Anand Sharma, should look into the issues of cotton farmers

VIDARBHA COTTON farmers who are under deep distress and despair due to debt are forced to commit suicide - having already flayed the Indian government policies of protecting finger counting textiles mill owners to arrange raw cotton at throw away price to them by restricting the export of cotton bales even after there is record surplus 7 million cotton bales are available even after the 6.5 million quota permitted due to cotton production as the Indian government official figure is 33 million bales as against last year 29 million. But the government has allowed 8.4 million cotton bales last year, which is higher than 2 million bales than this year hence in era of free trade and globalization ,innocent victimization resulting mass genocide of poor cotton farmers should be stopped, said Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti.

"Textiles industry should not use state run policies and restrictions to get cheaper cotton from the dying farmers and attempts of textile ministry the revival of Tirupur" at cost lives of cotton farmers in unjust and violation of human rights hence we have ben demanding the detail probe in to unfair trade practices in the raw cotton trade of the India and wants lifting of all restriction of export and imposition heavy import duty of raw cotton bales to save Indian cotton farmers, ”Tiwari added.

It was the lifting of quantitative restrictions in 2004 for free cotton import by the NDA govenrment which allowed dumping of cheapest 20 million cotton bales resulting in economic recession and start of cotton farmers’ suicide spiral in vidarbha and now once again it has re-imposed in 2009 when the present UPA government introduced stringent cotton export both the time to protect the interest of handful textile mills owners who want cheaper raw cotton at cost of 1 billion dying cotton farmers and this is highly unfair trade practices protected and promoted by state hence vidarbha cotton farmers who have suffered maximum losses and reported more than 10000 farmers suicides after introduction of wrong policies of cotton export and import.

"New Textile Minister Anand Sharma should admit that cotton production has grown from a low of 225 lakhs bales to 330 lakhs bales in last 5 years the undue protection to Local textile mills benefiting of buying Indian cotton at prices which are at least lower by 30% as compared to its competitor in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries who buy from other growths which is reason behind the present restriction of cotton export and when Indian cotton after lot of hard work and promotion by exporters have found a very stable and regular market of its cotton in foreign countries and Govt. should ensure that the markets created are not lost to competition due to faulty Govt. policies to protect handful textile mill owners,”‘We need the urgent central intervention and demand to lift all export restriction of cotton bales and yarn too so that farmers get higher price to cotton," said Tiwari.

Protecting Textile Industry at cost on Going Cotton Farmer’s suicide is Unjust

Protecting Textile Industry at cost on Going Cotton Farmer’s suicide is Unjust

Nagpur – July 15, 2011

Vidarbha cotton Farmers who are under deep distress and despair due to debt are forced to commit suicide have flayed Indian Govt. policies of protecting finger counting textiles mill owners to arrange to raw cotton at the throw away price to them by restricting the export of cotton bales even after there is record surplus 7 million cotton bales are available even after the 6.5 million quota permitted due to cotton production as Indian Govt. official figure is 33 million bales as against last year 29 million where as Govt .has allowed 8.4 million cotton bales last year which is higher than 2 million bales than this year hence in era of free trade and globalization ,innocent victimization resulting mass genocide of poor cotton farmers should be stopped, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti urged today.

"Textiles industry should not used state run policies and restrictions to get cheaper cotton from the dying farmers and attempts of textile ministry the revival of Tirupur" at cost lives of cotton farmers in unjust and violation of human rights hence we have ben demanding the detail probe in to unfair trade practices in the raw cotton trade of the India and wants lifting of all restriction of export and imposition heavy import duty of raw cotton bales to save Indian cotton farmers ”Tiwari added.

It was lifting of quantitative restrictions in 2004 for free cotton import by the NDA Govt. which allowed dumping of cheapest 20 million cotton bales resulting in economic recession and start of cotton farmers’ suicide spiral in vidarbha and now once again it has re-imposed in 2009 when present UPA Govt. introduced stringent cotton export both the time to protect the interest of handful textile mills owners who want cheaper raw cotton at cost of 1 billion dying cotton farmers and this is highly unfair trade practices protected and promoted by state hence vidarbha cotton farmers who are suffered maximum losses and reported more than 10000 farmers suicides after wrong policies of cotton export and import in introduced has written to new powered Indian textile minister Anand Sharma to lift all quantitative restrictions of on raw cotton and provide export incentive to farmers’ so that their economic interest is protected as done by US Govt. in America, Tiwari said today.

“India has reported more than 2 lakhs 34 thousands farmers suicides in last decade which largest genocide in the history of mankind and 90% of farmers who killed themselves are manly cotton growers and wrong Govt. policies related to export and credit and faulty cultivation pattern and input are the main causes of despair and distress which is killing the innocent farming community in India .this is blot to all human kind in the world and fact is much more humiliating the nation like America is manly responsible for the farm genocide” Tiwari informed

Letter written by Vidarbha cotton growing farmers advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti(VJAS) has urged New Textile Minister Anand Sharma to examine the fact that there is surplus stock of at least 50 lakhs bales and textile ministry has given it’s node to the demand of agriculture and commerce ministry recommendations of additional permission of 50 lakhs bales in order to protect the financial interest of Indian cotton farmers who are committing suicides as prices of cotton slashed to 50% in month where as uncertainties and unjust quantitative restriction has always allowed the textile cartel to get cheaper cotton by 30% . this is part of textile lobby to get cotton export curtail so that they can exploit the situation .it’s unfortunate that textile minister is playing on direction of this textile cartel that has ruined around one billion cotton farmers to tune of Rs.20,000 crore and losses are likely to be more if Indian Govt. function with anti farmer policies ”Tiwari added

“Indian textile lobby has managed the Indian Textile minister initially to restrict cotton bales export to 55 lakhs bales from earlier year 84 lakh bales even when country cotton production is higher by another 25 lakhs bales then ban export of cotton yarn and now surprisingly as per Quota Policy of Cotton items now added Cotton Waste ( Comber Noil) H. S. Code No. 5202 as Cotton Waste is a ‘By-product’ of Cotton Yarn. when plenty of quota of Cotton Yarn lying unutilized the hostile functioning of ex-Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran whowas party to a textile cartel to include the by-product banned ” Tiwari said..

“we have asked New Textile Minister Anand Sharma on the baseless arguments of textile loddy which has ignored tha fact Cotton prices have increased from Rs 30000/candy in April 2010 to Rs 60000/candy April 2011 which is an increase of about Rs 70-75 per kg and immediately Spinners increased the price of yarn from rs 150/- per kg in April 2010 for 30s combed to Rs 230/- per kg in April 2011. increase of Rs 80 per kg which reflects in cotton value to Rs 30000/per candy minimum. Fabric weavers too have increased prices of grey fabric of 40 x 40 counts 124 x 64 with 200 gm per mtr which is quoted at about Rs 70/- per sqmtr as against Rs 38 in April 2010. There s an increase of Rs 32/mtr which is Rs 160/- per kg which in terms of candy is about Rs 58/60000 and present ban on export has brought back cotton prices to the level of April 2010 which is artificial an stage managed and ex-Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran is directly involved in this scam ” Tiwari added.

‘New Textile Minister Anand Sharma should admit that Cotton production has grown from a low of 225 lakhs bales to 330 lakhs bales in last 5 years the undue protection to Local textile mills benefiting of buying Indian cotton at prices which are at least lower by 30% as compared to its competitor in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries who buy from other growths which is reason behind the present restriction of cotton export and when Indian cotton after lot of hard work and promotion by exporters have found a very stable and regular market of its cotton in foreign countries and Govt. should ensure that the markets created are not lost to competition due to faulty Govt. policies to protect handful textile mill owners .” It is alleged.

‘We need the urgent central intervention and demand to lift all export restriction of cotton bales and yarn too so that farmers get higher price to cotton ‘’Tiwari urged.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Farmers urge Anand Sharma to lift restriction on raw cotton

Farmers have urged new Textile Minister Anand Sharma to lift all quantitative restrictions on raw cotton and provide export incentives to farmers, so that their economic interest is protected as done by the US govt
IT WAS imposing of quantitative restrictions in 2004 for free cotton import by the NDA government, which allowed dumping of cheapest 20 million cotton bales, resulting in economic recession and start of cotton farmers’ suicide spiral in Vidarbha. It was once again re-imposed in 2009 when present UPA government. introduced stringent cotton export measures. The purpose of such measures was to protect the interest of the handful of textile mill owners, who wanted cheaper raw cotton despite knowing that it was an unfair trade practice and would come at the cost of 1 billion dying cotton farmers.

Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed today that the Vidarbha cotton farmers, who suffered major losses and reported more than 10,000 farmers suicides after wrong policies of cotton export and import, have written to new Textile Minister Anand Sharma to lift all quantitative restrictions on raw cotton and provide export incentives to farmers, so that their economic interest is protected as done by the US government.

“India has reported more than 2 lakhs 34 thousands farmers suicides in the last decade, the largest genocide in the history of mankind, and 90% of farmers who killed themselves are mainly cotton growers. Wrong govt. policies related to export and credit and faulty cultivation pattern and input are the main causes of despair and distress which is killing the innocent farming community in India. This is a blot on the face of mankind, and the fact that a country like America is mainly responsible for the farm genocide,” Tiwari said.

The letter written by Vidarbha cotton farmers’ advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) has urged new Textile Minister Anand Sharma to examine the fact that there is a surplus stock of at least 50 lakh bales and that his ministry has given it’s node to agriculture and commerce ministry’s demand for additional 50 lakhs bales in order to protect the financial interest of Indian cotton farmers. This is part of textile ministry’s effort to get cotton export curtailed so that it can exploit the situation. It’s unfortunate that the textile minister is involved in this textile cartel that has ruined around one billion cotton farmers to tune of Rs.20,000 crore. The losses are likely to be more if Indian govt. continues with anti-farmer policies.

“Indian textile lobby initially managed to convince textile minister to restrict cotton bales export to 55 lakhs bales from last year’s 84 lakh bales though the country’s cotton production is higher by another 25 lakh bales. Now surprisingly as per Quota Policy of Cotton items has added Cotton Waste (Comber Noil) H. S. Code No. 5202 as Cotton Waste is a ‘By-product’ of Cotton Yarn,” Tiwari added.

“New Textile Minister Anand Sharma should admit that cotton production has grown from a low of 225 lakh bales to 330 lakh bales in last 5 years... and when Indian cotton after lot of hard work and promotion by exporters has found a very stable and regular market in foreign countries, the govt. should ensure that the markets created are not lost to competition due to its faulty policies to protect handful textile mill owners,” he further said.

“We need the urgent central intervention and demand that all export restriction on cotton bales and yarn be lifted so that farmers get higher price for cotton,” Tiwari concluded.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Textile Minister Anand Sharma urged to bring raw cotton under Open General License (O.G.L.)

New Textile Minister Anand Sharma urged to bring raw cotton under Open General License (O.G.L.)

Nagpur – July 13, 2011

It was lifting of quantitative restrictions in 2004 for free cotton import by the NDA Govt. which allowed dumping of cheapest 20 million cotton bales resulting in economic recession and start of cotton farmers’ suicide spiral in vidarbha and now once again it has re-imposed in 2009 when present UPA Govt. introduced stringent cotton export both the time to protect the interest of handful textile mills owners who want cheaper raw cotton at cost of 1 billion dying cotton farmers and this is highly unfair trade practices protected and promoted by state hence vidarbha cotton farmers who are suffered maximum losses and reported more than 10000 farmers suicides after wrong policies of cotton export and import in introduced has written to new powered Indian textile minister Anand Sharma to lift all quantitative restrictions of on raw cotton and provide export incentive to farmers’ so that their economic interest is protected as done by US Govt. in America, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed today.

“India has reported more than 2 lakhs 34 thousands farmers suicides in last decade which largest genocide in the history of mankind and 90% of farmers who killed themselves are manly cotton growers and wrong Govt. policies related to export and credit and faulty cultivation pattern and input are the main causes of despair and distress which is killing the innocent farming community in India .this is blot to all human kind in the world and fact is much more humiliating the nation like America is manly responsible for the farm genocide” Tiwari informed

Letter written by Vidarbha cotton growing farmers advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti(VJAS) has urged New Textile Minister Anand Sharma to examine the fact that there is surplus stock of at least 50 lakhs bales and textile ministry has given it’s node to the demand of agriculture and commerce ministry recommendations of additional permission of 50 lakhs bales in order to protect the financial interest of Indian cotton farmers who are committing suicides as prices of cotton slashed to 50% in month where as uncertainties and unjust quantitative restriction has always allowed the textile cartel to get cheaper cotton by 30% . this is part of textile lobby to get cotton export curtail so that they can exploit the situation .it’s unfortunate that textile minister is playing on direction of this textile cartel that has ruined around one billion cotton farmers to tune of Rs.20,000 crore and losses are likely to be more if Indian Govt. function with anti farmer policies ”Tiwari added

“Indian textile lobby has managed the Indian Textile minister initially to restrict cotton bales export to 55 lakhs bales from earlier year 84 lakh bales even when country cotton production is higher by another 25 lakhs bales then ban export of cotton yarn and now surprisingly as per Quota Policy of Cotton items now added Cotton Waste ( Comber Noil) H. S. Code No. 5202 as Cotton Waste is a ‘By-product’ of Cotton Yarn. when plenty of quota of Cotton Yarn lying unutilized the hostile functioning of ex-Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran whowas party to a textile cartel to include the by-product banned ” Tiwari said..

“we have asked New Textile Minister Anand Sharma on the baseless arguments of textile loddy which has ignored tha fact Cotton prices have increased from Rs 30000/candy in April 2010 to Rs 60000/candy April 2011 which is an increase of about Rs 70-75 per kg and immediately Spinners increased the price of yarn from rs 150/- per kg in April 2010 for 30s combed to Rs 230/- per kg in April 2011. increase of Rs 80 per kg which reflects in cotton value to Rs 30000/per candy minimum. Fabric weavers too have increased prices of grey fabric of 40 x 40 counts 124 x 64 with 200 gm per mtr which is quoted at about Rs 70/- per sqmtr as against Rs 38 in April 2010. There s an increase of Rs 32/mtr which is Rs 160/- per kg which in terms of candy is about Rs 58/60000 and present ban on export has brought back cotton prices to the level of April 2010 which is artificial an stage managed and ex-Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran is directly involved in this scam ” Tiwari added.

‘New Textile Minister Anand Sharma should admit that Cotton production has grown from a low of 225 lakhs bales to 330 lakhs bales in last 5 years the undue protection to Local textile mills benefiting of buying Indian cotton at prices which are at least lower by 30% as compared to its competitor in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries who buy from other growths which is reason behind the present restriction of cotton export and when Indian cotton after lot of hard work and promotion by exporters have found a very stable and regular market of its cotton in foreign countries and Govt. should ensure that the markets created are not lost to competition due to faulty Govt. policies to protect handful textile mill owners .” It is alleged.

‘We need the urgent central intervention and demand to lift all export restriction of cotton bales and yarn too so that farmers get higher price to cotton ‘’Tiwari urged.

Sunday, July 10, 2011



Monsanto officials beaten up by Cotton farmers as Bt.cotton seed failed: Bogus Bt.cotton seed creates havoc in vidarbha

Nagpur- July 11, 2011

American cotton seed MNC giant Monsanto of having international monopoly of notorious killer BT. cotton seed has never even dreamed in 2005 when he was first commercial cultivation permission of it’s controversial Bt.cotton seed that it sale will jump from 1million hector to record 15 million hector in India that too more than 5 million hector in agrarian crisis hit Maharashtra itself that has crossed the turn over of Rs.15,000 crore as farmers are buying 11 packets of 450 gm per hector as per company’s guide for recommended “population method” but the sudden demand and ill-managed Indian sub agents have brought company in big trouble as 50% of the Bt.cotton seed failed to germinate even after it’s second sowing and now cry has been started in other part of India too ,hence Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti farmers advocacy group has approached local state Govt. of Maharashtra to arrange high level probe in to all complaints received from farmers of west vidarbha where more than 10,000 cotton farmers have committed suicide since june 2005 after the introduction killer BT. cotton seed in this region and around Rs.10,000 crore has been pumped by Indian and state Govt .to bailout cotton farmers from the agrarian crisis which is likely to be get more fuel if corrective action are taken immediately ,Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed today.

Monsanto Bt.cotton seed crisis early June when all bt.cotton seed ordered by Maharashtra dealers sold out it to the adjourning Andhra farmers and there was no seed available to cater to local market and Monsanto sub-agents were failed to respond to state Govt. request suddenly Bt.cotton seed were freely available in market in third week of June but source supply has discovered immediately by Yavatmal police when the raided house of Nerendra Indurkar in the very small village Munjala and caught raid handed packing local cotton seed in the pocket of branded Bt.cotton .police have sealed the very advance imported pocket packing machines and thousands of packets of all popular brands BT. cotton seed being sold on the premium but culprit Nerendra Indurkar were allowed to go with out any interrogation but officials of American BT. cotton seed giant in India were called and facts were told but they denied any link with such bogus BT. cotton seed supply racket.

Monsanto officials beaten up by Cotton farmers as Bt.cotton seed failed

When news of arrival Monsanto senior official from Mumbai are in near village munjala cotton farmers of village karanji 140 K.m. from Nagpur has taken him to their field where complete failure of ‘Paras Sudarshan’ BT. cotton seed was shown to him when he failed to admit the lapse he was severely beaten up even local agriculture officer has not came to his rescue as per reports published in regional news papers .daily all regional papers in vidarbha and marathwada region of Maharashtra where more than 4 million hector are in under bt.cotton cultivation are reporting the flood of bogus seed supplied local agents of American cotton seed MNC giant Monsanto giant is being reported but administration has failed to take any action of this serious issue hence Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiraj Chavan to order judicial enquiry in the supply racket of bogus BT. cotton seed in Maharashtra and arrange to start criminal action against culprit,Tiwari added.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cotton Farmers demands C.B.I. probe in to alleged Rs.500 Crore scam of Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran to stop Cotton Bale-Yarn Export

Cotton Farmers demands C.B.I. probe in to alleged Rs.500 Crore scam of Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran to stop Cotton Bale-Yarn Export

Nagpur - JULY 8 2011

The present cotton crisis in India is result of wrong policies enforced by ex-textile minister of India to protect interest on handful textile mill owners which has denied best available price of cotton to 1 billion cotton farmers of India and resulted in the total losses of more than Rs.20,000 crore to farmers and local ginners and traders as complete ban on export from January to may 2011 has forced to them to offload the cotton or cotton bales at the half price which was prevailing till march 2011 .all decision of putting stringent restrictions of cotton bales export even on cotton yarn and cotton waste was to favor textile mills and garment industries of south India who paid thousand crore as graft to then Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran and there are documentary evidences of ill-intended decisions taken by textile ministry in last six months and we demand C.B.I. probe to this “Cotton Export Ban Scam” kishore tiwari of Vidarbha Janandoaln Samiti urged Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh to in letter today.

“In letter to Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh on 24th may 2011 ,vidarbha cotton farmers raised the demand of sack Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran when textile minister was not responding to letters written by union agriculture minister ,union commerce minister, chief ministers Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra and Karnataka and delayed the decision of lifting cotton export limit from 55 lakhs bales to 65 lakhs bales as against demand of minimum 100 lakhs bales .we have strong case against the Ex-Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran and ready to submit all proof of mega corruption to C.B.I. if PMO direct the CBI for the same .if PMO fails to take any action the we will move Mumbai high court Nagpur bench for relief ”Tiwari added.

VJAS recalled the letter wrote to PMO iN MAY-2011 and it is reprouced

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cotton price are further crashed in India more farmers suicides are being reported the reason for much Taboo on Cotton exports from India is result of unholy cartel of finger counting textile tycoon and Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran which is responsible for present cotton rowers crisis in India ,farm activist group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti VJAS allged and urged indaina prime minister to sack Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran to save more than 5 million dyinf cotton afrmers of Maharashtra ,Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti VJAS informed in press note today .

“Hindered of cotton farmers and farm widows are marching to Delhi to meet Indian Prime Minister and UPA Convener Smt.Sonia Gandhi for urgent intervention in order to resolve the crisis as Textile minister initially restricted cotton bales export to 55 lakhs bales from earlier year 84 lakh bales even when country cotton production is higher by another 25 lakhs bales then ban export of cotton yarn and now surprisingly as per Quota Policy of Cotton items now added Cotton Waste ( Comber Noil) H. S. Code No. 5202 as

Cotton Waste is a ‘By-product’ of Cotton Yarn. when plenty of quota of Cotton Yarn lying unutilized the hostile functioning of Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran has a allaowed textile cartel to include the by-product banned with a major raw material and brought under same category in the field of exports” Tiwari said..

“Cotton prices have increased from rs 30000/candy in april 2010 to Rs 60000/candy April 2011 which is an increase of about Rs 70-75 per kg and immediately Spinners increased the price of yarn from rs 150/- per kg in April 2010 for 30s combed to Rs 230/- per kg in April 2011. increase of Rs 80 per kg which reflects in cotton value to Rs 30000/per candy minimum. Fabric weavers too have increased prices of grey fabric of 40 x 40 counts 124 x 64 with 200 gm per mtr which is quoted at about Rs 70/- per sqmtr as against Rs 38 in April 2010. There s an increase of Rs 32/mtr which is Rs 160/- per kg which in terms of candy is about Rs 58/60000 and present ban on export has brought back cotton prices to the level of April 2010 which is artificial an stage managed and Union Textile Minister Dayanithi Maran is directly involved in this scam ” Tiwari added.

‘As Cotton is an agricultural commodity and higher the prices farmers get, they will be encouraged to produce more and more of cotton and when Cotton production has grown from a low of 225 lac bales to 330 lac bales in last 5 years the undue protection to Local textile mills benefiting of buying Indian cotton at prices which are at least

lower by 30% as compared to its competitor in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries who buy from other growths which is reason behind the present restriction of cotton export and when Indian cotton after lot of hard work and promotion by exporters have found a very stable and regular market of its cotton in foreign countries and Govt should ensure that the markets created are not lost to competition due to faulty Govt policies.” It is alleged.

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‘We need the urgent central intervention and demand to lift all export restriction of cotton bales and yarn too so that farmers get higher price to cotton ‘’Tiwari urged.