Says government should purchase damaged cotton from the farmers through CCI

Reaffirming her party’s commitment to espouse the cause of farmers, YSR Congress Party honorary president Vijayamma has demanded that the government should provide immediate relief to the cyclone-hit farmers to bail them out of the present crisis situation.

Ms. Vijayamma visited the rain-affected areas in Tirumalayapalem and Khammam urban mandal on Thursday. She ventured into the damaged cotton field of Thota Veeranna and inquired about the crop losses suffered by the latter at Tirumalayapalem. The distressed farmer narrated about the devastation of his standing crop caused by heavy rain at a time when he was expecting a bumper harvest. Ms. Vijayamma interacted with several other rain-hit farmers.

Addressing the farmers, she deplored that the farmers were left in lurch in the aftermath of the rain devastation.

The government should wake up from slumber and extend crop compensation of at least Rs. 20,000 per acre of cotton, chilli and other damaged crops to the distressed farmers, she demanded.

Stating that she would represent the woes of the rain hit farmers to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Ms. Vijayamma demanded that the government should purchase the damaged cotton from the farmers through the Cotton Corporation of India. She further asserted that she would highlight the plight of the distressed farmers both inside and outside the Assembly to ensure adequate compensation to them. Later, she visited the damaged chilli and cotton crops at Shivaigudem in Khammam urban mandal.

During her brief interaction with the farmers, she reiterated that her party would stand solidly behind the farmers through thick and thin.

“The woes of the farmers would end only when Jagan takes over the reins of the State,” she said. The party district convener Puvvada Ajay Kumar and others accompanied her.

Earlier, Ms Vijayamma arrived at Khammam railway station from Hyderabad two hours behind schedule.

The party cadres thronged the railway station in large numbers and accorded a warm welcome to Ms Vijayamma. The party leaders vied with each other to show their clout during her day-long visit to the rain-affected areas in the district.