Farmers demand adequate compensation from government for their produce

STORY: Irked by inadequate compensation given by the provincial government amid rising prices of fertilizers, farmers in eastern India’s Odisha state refuse to sell rice in government markets.

Venting their anger, farmers in Malkangiri district of the state on Wednesday (January 02) said that they would agitate further if their demands are not met.

“The price of fertilizers has increased and the provincial government doesn’t give us inadequate money for our produce. We will not sell our produce to the government until the prices are revised. We will block roads and our ready to lay our lives for our rights,” said a farmer, Chinmaya Ray.

In October, 2012 the federal government had increased the cost of urea-based fertilizers by rupees 50 per tonne.

Meanwhile, the district’s civil supply officer, Jagabandhu Gama said that efforts are on to resolve the deadlock between authorities and farmers in the district.

“A meeting will be convened today to discuss the issue and I have been given instructions to procure the produce from the farmers. We will try our level best to resolve the issue,” said Gama.

He added that the aim is to procure 40,500 metric tonnes of rice from the farmers.

India’s annual basmati rice exports may rise as much as 15 percent in 2012-13, touching a record 3 million tonnes, after New Delhi, grappling with unmanageable rice stocks, scrapped a floor price for overseas sales in July.

India is the world’s second biggest rice producer and top basmati seller.