Activists of All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) laid siege to the agriculture market yard here on Thursday demanding urgent intervention of the government to ensure purchase of the wet cotton and discoloured paddy at minimum support price from the rain-hit farmers.
The protesters converged in front of the market yard office here from various parts of the district and staged a demonstration to press for their charter of demands.
Speaking on the occasion, the CPI (ML-New Democracy) district secretary Potu Ranga Rao charged the government with confining itself to rhetorical assurances without rendering timely relief to the rain-affected farmers.
The spurt in suicides by the distressed farmers exposed their miserable condition, he said accusing the government of pursuing anti-farmer policies. The government should come to the rescue of the farmers forthwith by waiving all crop loans and sanctioning fresh loans besides providing adequate compensation to the rain-affected farmers, he said. AIKMS division secretary A. Venkateshwarlu and others spoke.
Later, the protesters set ablaze a small quantity of cotton produce in front of the market yard in a symbolic protest against lack of “remunerative price” to their agriculture produce.