Slamming the central authorities for offering low prices to farmers for their agricultural produce, Samajwadi Celebration (SP) nationwide president Akhilesh Yadav alleged that the BJP authorities had made agriculture an unprofitable proposition.
In a press release issued by the get together on Saturday, Akhilesh was quoted as saying, “Will farmers even consider sowing the subsequent crop after struggling losses? Potatoes will topple the federal government this time… The BJP authorities that had enticed farmers by promising to double their revenue will face defeat in 2024 due to potatoes.”
The previous chief minister of Uttar Pradesh claimed farmers have been being exploited due to the anti-farmer insurance policies of the BJP authorities. “Distressed potato farmers, on Holi, have been seen struggling in queues exterior chilly storages, however the chief minister is oblivious to the scenario… Potato farmers are getting decrease prices for their produce even because the enter price has risen,” he stated.
Akhilesh added the SP had been demanding MSP for crops, however the BJP authorities, as an alternative of defending farmers, had turned patrons into capitalists.
As an alternative of shopping for potatoes on MSP, the federal government has supplied to purchase them for ₹650 per quintal (beneath the Market Intervention Scheme-MIS), he noticed. “… Contemplating the hire for hiring a tractor trolley to ferry potatoes, inputs prices that embrace irrigation, fertiliser, insecticide, pesticide, retailer cost and labour, the acquisition worth must be fastened for not less than ₹1500 per quintal,” Akhilesh remarked.
In the meantime, SP nationwide basic secretary Shivpal Yadav, who had been elevating the difficulty steadily, additionally attacked the federal government.
Shivpal, in a tweet in Hindi, referred to as the ₹650 per quintal worth fastened by the federal government for potato buy ‘inadequate’ and requested the federal government to reset the prices to not less than ₹1,500 per quintal.