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novel protest: Members of Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam staging a demonstration in front of the Collector’s office on Monday.
novel protest: Members of Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam staging a demonstration in front of the Collector’s office on Monday.

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: In a novel demonstration, members of Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam on Monday clapped their hands in a symbolic gesture to draw the attention of policymakers to the plight of farmers.

The Sangam demanded, among other things, remunerative prices for agricultural produces.

“Extend loan waiver”

The association urged the Centre to extend the loan waiver announced in the Union Budget 2008-09 to all farmers without any discrimination. The loan dues repaid by farmers between April 1, 2007 and February 29, 2008 should be refunded.

The State government must also waive all Thakkavi loans sanctioned between 1964 and 1980.

The demonstrators called upon the government to constitute development committees, comprising farmers’ representatives, to fix the minimum support price for paddy, groundnut, onion, cotton, maize, sunflower and other agricultural produces.

Direct procurement

All agricultural produces should be procured directly by the government. The government should intervene immediately to procure maize, which had witnessed a sharp fall in market prices this year.

The Centre should ban the import of agricultural produce as it affected domestic farmers, the association demanded.

The agitation was led by Sangam district president R. Ranganathan. State secretary V. Rajamanickam and district secretary N. Ganesan participated in the agitation.

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