Vidarbha forum writes to PM on farm crisis

Arunkumar Bhatt

MUMBAI: With the first and second sowing of cotton failing in the five districts of Vidarbha, the agrarian crisis in the region has further deepened, making Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti demand in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, free distribution of coarse grains seeds such as bajra and jowar and assistance of Rs. 2000 an acre to save the debt-hit three million farmers.

As the rain plays truant, five districts in the region have not received even one hour of continuous rain, leading to dry conditions.

“Soyabean, the alternative cash crop of cotton, germinates early but dries out fast if the land has no moisture; so now the food crop is the only way left,” Samiti leader Kishor Tiwari told The Hindu.

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