Farmers and trade representatives have demanded the Union government to reciprocate the gesture of the State government, which increased the minimum support price (MSP) of red gram to Rs. 4,500 a quintal, and restore the incentive of Rs. 500 for each quintal.
Leaders of these organisations told presspersons here on Friday that they were thankful to the State government for partially conceding their demand of increasing the MSP of red gram.
They said it was the Centre’s turn now to restore the incentive that was given in addition to the MSP fixed by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices.
Last year, the Union government had paid the incentive. However, it was withdrawn this year, they said.
President of Karnataka Pranta Raitha Sangha Maruti Manpade said Union Labour and Employment Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge should take up the issue again with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He said the Union Cabinet recently decided to increase the MSP of wheat. The same could be done for red gram, they said.
Umakant Nigudgi, president of Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the Union government should sanction a pulses research centre in Gulbarga city to give a fillip to the research and development.
He said the Kanpur-based National Pulses Research Station had decided to establish its sub-centre at the University of Agriculture Sciences in Dharwad. It would be appropriate if the station was shifted to Gulbarga, they said.
The leaders said they would continue their agitation till the Centre conceded their demand.
Farmers thank State government for increasing the minimum support price ‘Union government should sanction a pulses research centre for Gulbarga city’
Farmers thank State government for increasing the minimum support price
‘Union government should sanction a pulses research centre for Gulbarga city’