Solatium of Rs.1 lakh each to be given to kin of dead farmers on March 27

: Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan said the State government would implement comprehensive measures to prevent suicide by farmers in Wayanad district owing to a sharp fall in the prices of farmer produce.

Responding to an article published in The Hindu on the Focus Kerala page on Saturday, on the miserable living condition of farmers, Mr. Mohanan said the government had decided to implement various pro-farmer measures. The government will give a solatium of Rs.1 lakh each to the kin of the dead farmers on March 27, he said. As an immediate step, financial institutions had been directed to stop revenue recovery measures during the moratorium period.

He said the government was considering a proposal to help the farming community to repay their overdue loans by providing a certain percent of the loan amount after the farmers' registration is completed.

“We are also planning to launch a ‘Price Stability Fund' and a Government Order in this regard would be issued soon, Mr. Mohanan said. He said the government would repay the debts of the dead farmers, but the ceiling limit of the debt was yet to be finalised.

A ginger processing plant with cold storage facility would be installed at the Rural Agricultural Wholesale Market at Ammayippalam, near Sulthan Bathery, to procure and store vegetable produce, Mr. Mohanan said. A rice mill would also be set up at the market to procure paddy from the farmers at a minimum support price. Construction work would start by February-end.

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi told The Hindu on Sunday that though the loan waiver scheme of the Union Ministry had concluded, the Debt Relief Policy of the government was continuing .If people's representatives and the State government take up the issue, the Union government would support the initiatives of the State government.

Mr. Mohanan said a team of delegates from the State, including himself and MPs, would meet Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday to discuss the issue.

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