It’s a victory for farmers’ and traders’ organisations: Nigudgi

“The State government’s decision to increase the minimum support price (MSP) of red gram from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 4,500 is a victory for farmers’ and traders’ organisations,” said Umakant Nigudgi, president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, here on Thursday evening.

Mr. Nigudgi, along with Maruti Manpade, president of the Karnataka Pranta Raitha Sangha (KPRS), spoke about the government’s decision, which was taken in a Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Gesture

“We would have been happy if the State government had conceded our original demand for increasing the minimum support price to Rs. 5,000 a quintal, but this gesture will help farmers limit their losses,” Mr. Nigudgi and Mr. Manpade said.

Delegation

The KPRS president said a delegation of farmers and traders’ organisations led by K.B. Shanappa, MLC, Moula Mulla, secretary of the All-India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), and himself met Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The delegation aimed to apprise the Chief Minister of the problems faced by red gram growers and the need to increase the MSP.

“The Chief Minister said that a decision on increasing the MSP would be taken at the Cabinet meeting. He also said that the Union government should reciprocate the gesture of the State government and restore the incentive of Rs. 500 for each quintal sold at the procurement centres,” Mr. Manpade said.

This move would increase the MSP to Rs. 5,000 and go a long way in helping farmers of the region, he added.

Lukewarm response

The procurement centres that had been set up by the Red Gram Development Board in the district had received a lukewarm response from farmers.

Chandramohan, in-charge Managing Director of the Red Gram Development Board and Secretary of the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), told The Hindu that four lakh quintals of red gram had arrived at the APMC yard.

Since the government’s order to commence procurement on January 11, only 1,568 quintals of the total arrivals had been procured at Rs. 4,000 a quintal, he added.

This lacklustre response can be attributed to the fact that red gram growers are are waiting for the price of the produce to rise, and have stored their produce at the market yard and warehouses in the city.


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