The Telangana government’s decision to regulate crop cultivation has not gone down well with farmer organizations which have demanded that the state withdraw its “unilateral” decision, which also includes farmers losing out on benefits if they fail to adhere to the new policy, which was announced by chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) earlier this month. The organizations will also hold a protest on 27 May in the state.
At a meeting held by farmer organizations on Saturday in Hyderabad, farmer organizations also opposed the expansion of cotton cultivation to 70 lakh acres in the state, which was announced earlier this week by Rao. “Government should consult farmer organizations and experts to make a comprehensive agriculture policy promoting crop diversity, sustainability and farm incomes. Incentives should be based on this,” said a press release from the farmer groups.
The meeting was called by Rythu Swarajya Vedika, which works with farmers in Telangana and Andhra, and was attended by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-affiliared All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and a representative from the Centre for…
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