Congress leaders warn the State government on open procurement centers
Former Ministers Sharan Prakash Patil and Priyank Kharge, Ajay Singh, MLA, Tippannappa Kamaknur, MLC; Jagadev Guttedar, District Congress Committee president; B.R.Patil, former MLA; K.B. Shanappa, Allamprabhu Patil,Subhash Rathod, and other senior Congress leaders were warned the State government of an agitation if it would not open procurement centres for green gram and black gram within week.
“Green gram is grown on around 80,000 hectares in Kalaburagi district. Though the Union government has filed an MSP of Rs 7,025 a quintal, the farmers are faced to sell their crop at around Rs 5,000 a quintal. What is the use of announcing the MSP if the government doesn’t procure the crops at it? If the centres are not opened within a week, the Congress will mobilise the growers and launch an agitation,” Patil stated.
Mr Patil said, “The BJP government at the Centre has signed a pact with Mozambique for importing pulses to India for five years. The imports are made duty-free to help big importers. Such a policy is hitting the local farmers hard.”