Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) at its two-day State executive meeting has decided to spread the agitation of ‘crop holiday' for paddy to other parts of Andhra Pradesh after it began in East Godavari.
At the inaugural of the BKS meeting here on Saturday, all-India organising secretary Dinesh Dattatreya Kulkarni said various issues related to farmers including the crop holiday for paddy would be discussed at the meeting.
Following a call given by the BKS, farmers in East Godavari district announced a crop holiday, he added. The meeting would chalk out an action plan to spread the message. The BKS would also discuss the problems faced by sugarcane and dairy farmers, he said. Mr. Kulkarni said the meeting would also deliberate on programmes to strengthen the BKS at the village-level, mandals and districts. The training programmes for the BKS activists would be chalked out at the meeting, he said.
BKS regional organising secretary J. Kumara Swamy said the paddy growers were receiving step-motherly treatment from the Centre and the State government. While the wheat farmers were receiving incentives, subsidies, bonus, and all possible help from the governments, the paddy farmers were grossly neglected.
The paddy farmers do not receive subsidised seeds, manure and fertilisers, he said. A farmer incurs an expenditure of Rs.40,000 per acre to grow paddy, and production cost of each bag was Rs.1,639. However, the farmer does not receive even minimum support price leave alone remunerative price, he said.BKS State president B. Vijayarama Raju and east Andhra general secretary M. Nagendra Prasad were present.