Tamil Nadu farmers steps in Odisha
Focussing over the problems confronting by the farming community across the country, a delegation of Tamil Nadu All Farmers Organisation Coordination Committee led by its leader PR Pandian met Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment minister Ranendra Pratap Swain at Krushi Bhawan in Odisha.
The delegation were demanding for the fulfilment of promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during farmers’ protest in 2020.
The list of demands of the committee include a law assuring a profitable minimum support price (MSP) for all agricultural produce, loan waiver of farmers by commercial banks, preventing big corporates from engaging in contract farming and agriculture marketing, supply of organic inputs to farmers and revocation of cases slapped against agitating farmers.
Briefing about the steps taken by the state government Ranendra Pratap Swain said, the state government has made an outlay of Rs 24,829 crore for agriculture sector which is 21 per cent higher than last year’s budget, he also added the government has launched KALIA scheme to financially assist small and marginal farmers for undertaking farm activities.
Apart from this the delegation also submitted a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking his government’s help in realising its demands.