Faced with depressing market condition, growers of chickpea, the principal commercial crop in Prakasam district on Wednesday urged the Centre to come to their rescue.
A delegation of farmers leaders from the district called on Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and his deputy Dagubatti Purandeswari in New Delhi to plead for imposition of anti-dumping duties on chickpea imports allowed under the WTO regime.
The chickpea import should be taken out of the OGL(open general licence) list by the Centre.
It should impose appropriate anti-dumping duties allowed under the agreement on agriculture of the World Trade Organsation(W.T.O) regime, they pleaded.
Talking over telephone after the meeting, Acharya N.G.Ranga Kisan Samastha Secretary Ch.Seshaiah said ''the Commerce Minister has promised to consider the demand positively''.
''Giving directions to the Joint-Secretary in the Commerce Ministry and the Director General of Foreign Trade, they assured us to work out the details next week'', said another farmers' leader Ch. Ranga Rao.
The agri-commodity was trading weak at Rs 3200 per quintal as against Rs. 7,500 per quintal last year. The NAFED should be asked to intervene in the market, they said, while urging the Centre to make a realistic and systematic assessment of Minimum Support Price for the pulse crop and the same should be continued every year.