12 Apr 2017
Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan and Marketing Minister D. Narayana on Tuesday claimed that by Friday or Saturday some decisions would be taken by the Union Government to ameliorate the sufferings of the farmers faced with serious problems due to unremunerative prices for their produce.
Talking to journalists here on Tuesday, the Ministers, along with the TDP representative in the Modi Government Y.S. Chaudhary and other party MPs, said they were hopeful of some concession from the Centre and maintained that the Union Government was working out modalities on the affected farmers.
After their meeting with the Union Urban Development Minister, the two Ministers, along with other TDP MPs, called on Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and apprised him of the issues faced by the farmers. According to them, the Agriculture Minister assured them that he would do his best to reduce the sufferings of the farmers in Andhra Pradesh.
The Ministers claimed that they had made some suggestions to the Agriculture Minister on how the Centre could step in to aid the farming community. They maintained that the production of chilli this year had gone up as the farmers got good prices for their produce last year.
According to them, chilli was cultivated last year in 1,56,000 hectares and this year in 1,85,000 hectares. Productivity also had increased tremendously.
Last year the chilli production was 7,93,000 metric tonnes and this year it went up to 9,29,000 metric tonnes. The Ministers claimed that the price last year was Rs. 11,000 per tonne, but fell to Rs. 4,500 per tonne this year.