TD Appeals KCR To Come To Chilli Farmers’ Rescue

Hyderabad: Telangana TD president L Ramana demanded immediate market intervention to protect interest of chilli farmers, who are facing problems as they are not getting minimum support price for their produce.

Speaking to media here on Friday, Ramana said the farmers were setting fire to their chilli crop as they were not getting support price in various markets like Malakpet, Enumamula, Khammam, Gadwal and Suryapet. Last year, one quintal of chilli was sold for Rs 12,000, but this year the price was between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4000, the TD leader said and demanded that the State government immediately buy chilli from farmers under market intervention scheme and protect the interests of the farmers, Ramana said.

Party’s politburo member Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy, who was also present at the press conference, lamented that the CM never called on a single family of a farmer who committed suicide in the state. He said 2,800 farmers have committed suicide in the state.

Ravula said the farmers were setting fire to their crops in their agriculture fields, on roads and markets as they were not getting minimum support price for their produce. The party will be organising protests on farmers’ problems, he added.

State party president Vangal Swami Goud, general secretary Bollam Mallaiah Yadav and TNTUC president BN Reddy were present. (NSS)

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