JK farm demands MSP, agricultural loans to small farmers
Jammu, March 7 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Kisan Tehreek on Sunday demanded a minimum support price (MSP) and agricultural loans to small farmers and market gardeners in the Union territory.
At a one-day conference in Kathua district, the farmers’ organization also expressed concern about the lack of supply centers and insufficient compensation for farmers in Jammu and Kashmir.
CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, who was part of the conference, said that the main sectors of Jammu and Kashmir’s economy – agriculture and horticulture – have been totally neglected by the government, despite the fact that a large part of the territory of the Union the population depends on these sectors.
He said the issue of fair prices for products by ensuring MSP for all crops was a long-standing demand from farmers.
The government must include the basmati and the Kashmiri fruit industry in the MSP, Tarigami said.
This demand, despite repeated promises and assurances, has not been met by the government to date, he added.
Regarding the decision of the administration of Jammu and Kashmir to reclaim state lands and forests from the invaders, the leader of the CPI (M) said he was dispossessing the villagers of the land they had cultivated for decades.
Due to the administration’s decision, thousands of apple trees were also cut down. Even young trees were not spared, he said.
“It is unfortunate and must be stopped immediately. The government’s decision aims to dispossess them and attack their livelihoods, ”Tarigami said.
“We demand immediate compensation and an immediate end to this alleged eviction,” he said.
President Kisan Tehreek, Jammu Province, Banarasi Das, called the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s decision to quash a March 2015 announcement by the finance minister of the Jammu and Kashmiri administration as arbitrary and contrary to farmers’ interests. era concerning the abolition of the water tax on agricultural land.
He called for the immediate revocation of the administration’s order.
Das claimed that the administration asked officials to collect water taxes from farmers from March 2015.
“It is a sheer injustice to farmers to force them to pay now when they received help from the government of the day,” he said.
The president of the Kathua organization, Sewa Ram, said: “There are hardly a few crop supply centers in the district. The region is also vulnerable to natural disasters, but a crop insurance program has not yet been fully implemented. ‘ Secretary General Kisan Tehreek, Jammu Region Sohan Lal, said the government pays meager compensation to farmers whose land was acquired for development projects.
The authorities must pay appropriate compensation to those whose land has been or is to be acquired, he said.
Tarigami of CPI (M) said that under the free trade agreement, various fruits are imported into the country and demanded that a tariff of 100 percent be levied on these imported fruits.
“It is an obligation for the government to come to the aid of farmers because they constitute the backbone of the economy of Jammu and Kashmir and have always suffered from the vagaries of the weather,” he added.
The leader said the biggest challenge facing growers and kisans is the threat of pests and diseases and in the absence of any foolproof mechanism to tackle substandard and wrong pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers. . PTI AB ANB ANB