Awareness rally on problems in agricultural sector

Awareness rally on problems in agricultural sector
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First Published: Mon, Apr 09 2007. 03 24 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Apr 09 2007. 03 24 PM IST
PTI
Coimbatore: To highlight and to bring to the State Government’s various problems being faced by farmers and farm workers, CPI’s farmers wing would take out awareness campaigns covering the State from 10 April.
The campaign--one beginning from Kanyakumari and another from Udhagamandalam would converge at Chennai on 27 April, when a 60-point of charter of demands to uplift agriculture sector, would be submitted to chief minister, M Karunanidhi, CPI national executive member, R.Nallakkannu told reporters on 9 April.
The demands include remunerative prices for agriculture produce, crop Insurance linked with soil conditions, permanent protection to the crops and land, linking of Southern Rivers in view of the disputes between neighbouring States over dams,and recharge of groundwater and migration of farmers and labourers to urban areas for livelihood, Nallakkannu said.
The campaign would cover 28 districts. The State government, after studying the problems, which are similar across India, should ask the Centre to solve problems on a war-footing, by which nearly 65 crore people are being affected.
Opposing SEZ, Nallakkannu said once 5000 hectares of land is being handed over to big corporates of MNCs, it would become like a fortress, where nobody could enter, which was governed by separate set of laws.
CPI also opposed the genetically modified seeds, by which farmers have to depend on the agencies for fertilisers, seeds, upsetting the agricultural economy, Nallakkannu said.
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First Published: Mon, Apr 09 2007. 03 24 PM IST