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BJP and TRS governments should support turmeric farmers : Bhatti Vikramarka Mallu

Telangana: Hyderabad: January 24 ( HS): Congress legislative party leader Bhatti Vikramarka Mallu demanded that the Central and State governments should buy turmeric at a minimum support price from the farmers and take immediate action to set up a board for the same.

He said, BJP at the Center and the TRS governments in the state are playing tricks and blame game on each other and causing trouble to the farmers. He demanded that the two governments immediately focus on the plight of the farmers and support the farmers by providing support price.

Hee said thousands of acres of turmeric was being cultivated in the state every year and the farmers are not getting appropriate support for their hardwork. This year too the farmers cultivated 40,624 acres in Nizamabad, and also 26,165 acres in Nirmal, 34,078 acres in Jagityal, 16,739 min warnangal rural, 1766 acres in Bhupalpally, 10,234 acres in Mahabubabad, 4200 acres in Vikarabad, 1491 acres in Peddapalli, 1388 acres in Sangareddy, 1091 acres in Warangal Urban, 363 acres in Adilabad, 191 acres in Kamareddy, 140 acres in Manchiryala, Bhadra , 77 acres in Khammam, 50 acres in Janagam, 25 acres in Rangareddy, 8 acres in Suryapeta, 2 acres in Medak and 2 acres in Siddipet for a total crop of 1,39,698 acres. Farmers are facing trouble and are unable to sell their harvest for a reasonable rate as there is no MSP. They are worried that the price of quintals, which was Rs 15,000, 8 years ago is now not even selling for Rs 4,000 or Rs 5,000 and that due to this situation they are facing huge losses he added.

Bhattii Vikramarka said the two governments are not looking out for the farmers even after they have raised so many concerns. He said that the two governments are playing blame game on each other as the BJP leaders are saying that the Center will take action if the state government gives a letter mentioning the price, while the state government and the TRS leaders are saying that it is the Center that should decide the support price.

Hee demanded that the state government should buy the crop till the issue is resolved and give relief to the farmers from the trouble they are facing.

Putta Suman, Hindusthan Samachar.

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