Association demands uniform pricing for cotton across State

‘Fix MSP for cotton at Rs. 6,500 a quintal’

The Raichur District Cotton Growers’ Association has urged the government to fix Rs. 6,500 a quintal as minimum support price for cotton and check the exploitation of farmers by traders and commission agents at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yard.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Chinnaiah Naik, president of the association, demanded that uniform pricing be followed for cotton across the State.

“Cotton growers in Raichur are in a pathetic condition owing to a sharp fall in its price. While cotton is being sold at Rs. 6,000 a quintal and Rs. 5,000 a quintal in Bellary and Surpur, respectively, traders in Raichur are offering only Rs. 4,000 a quintal. While other markets in the State are allowing traders from neighbouring States to buy cotton, traders in Raichur are neither allowing outsiders to buy nor offering competitive price for cotton,” he alleged. Traders and commission agents are exploiting farmers by illegally imposing extra charges and taking away excess quantity of the produce for free. “Traders deduct 4 per cent as commission and another Rs. 3,500 for insurance. They force farmers to pay unloading charges of Rs. 300 a tractor or Rs. 500 a truck. They forcibly take 1 kg cotton extra for every quintal under the pretext of adjusting possible variation in weight,” Mr. Naik charged.

Despite the farmers staging protests repeatedly and the Deputy Commissioner issuing notice to traders, irregularities had not stopped. The secretary of APMC had published the notice in newspapers. Yet, irregularities were rampant. The DC should intervene, he said.

‘Check exploitation of farmers by traders

and commission agents at APMC’

Some traders charged with adopting

double standards

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