The cotton farmers narrated about their “unabated exploitation” by the greedy traders at the cotton market yard here when a team of revenue officials led by Revenue Divisional Officer V. Venkateshwarlu visited the yard on Tuesday to take stock of the situation.
Some of the aggrieved farmers expressed their anguish over the sorry state of affairs at the market yard and alleged denial of minimum support price to their cotton produce.
They bitterly complained against the “greedy traders” accusing them of colluding with some errant staff of the cotton purchase centre of Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) at the yard.
They further alleged that the errant employees manning the CCI centre were depriving them of remunerative price for their produce on the pretext of “poor quality”.
A young farmer explained about the “modus operandi” of the errant traders whom he charged with purchasing cotton from the gullible cotton growers by exploiting their vulnerable situation at prices much below the MSP of 3,900 per quintal.
The errant traders would then sell the same cotton to the CCI at the MSP by pretending themselves as farmers, he pointed out hinting at an unholy nexus between the greedy traders and errant staff members at the yard. Some representatives of the farmers associations have apprised the officials of the purchase of only 1.03 lakh quintals of cotton by the CCI as against the 4.25 lakh quintals of cotton by the traders at the yard so far in this current season.
A detailed report on the prevailing situation at the yard will be submitted to the higher authorities, said the RDO Venkateshwarlu.
A team of revenue employees will be deputed to the market yard to oversee the transactions at the yard and ensure MSP to all the farmers, he said.