Thursday, 28 March 2013

Forum demands waiver of agriculture loans

The Tamizhaga Eri Mattrum Attru Pasana Vivasayigal Sangam has demanded the waiver of all agricultural loans sanctioned through the primary agricultural cooperative societies and nationalised bank in view of the drought conditions prevailing in the State.

A resolution adopted at a farmers seminar organised by the association here on Wednesday also urged the State government to increase the procurement price to Rs.3,000 a tonne of sugarcane, Rs.1,750 a quintal of paddy and Rs.75 a kg of cotton.

The government should also introduce a separate budget for agriculture and sanction a monthly pension of Rs.5,000 to all farmers.

While thanking Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for her efforts to get the final award of the Cauvery Tribunal notified, the association also urged her to take steps to ensure the formation of the Cauvery Management Board at the earliest.

The State government should order sanction of loans for digging open wells for farmers.

The procurement price of milk should al
so be increased in view of the steep rise in the prices of cattle feed.

All farmers who have registered under the Farmers Protection Scheme should be issued identity cards immediately, it demanded.

Expressing its opposition to the National Water Policy, it urged the Centre to discard the same.

P.Viswanathan, president of the association, and others spoke.
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