RSS affiliate seeks rollback of import obligation cuts

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, the RSS-affiliated farmers’ union, has accused the federal government of easing imports at a time when farmers have a possibility to promote produce at value.

In a press release issued on Saturday, the group demanded a long run import-export coverage for agricultural produce and requested the federal government to roll again the import obligation cuts. It stated it had given a memorandum on this to Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal.

“Maize is not bought at the minimum support price (MSP) in any state. And when the time comes for the market itself to offer the price, then prices are controlled by easing imports. Maize is a good alternative to soybean meal as poultry fodder. But by easing import of soybean meal, the government is annoying maize farmers,” stated the assertion, quoting from the memorandum.

The communique , signed by BKS General Secretary Badri Narayan Chaudhary, additionally stated soybean meal is derived from genetically modified crops which might “threaten the non-GM tag that India enjoys in the international market”.

“Similarly, when it is time for the cotton produce to reach the markets, the arrival of imported cotton will only dampen the market. Only recently, just the news of a delegation of (textile) federation meeting the minister hit the cotton prices by Rs 1,000 a ton. Most farmers are forced to sell below the MSP. But when there is a situation that they can make a bit more than the MSP in the market, prices are made to fall through easing of imports,” the BKS stated.

Last week, Goyal had met textile business corporations and cautioned cotton bale merchants to chorus from manipulation of costs or resort to hoarding. He had additionally advised them to “resolve the cotton pricing issue in the spirit of collaboration rather than competition”.

“Cotton prices are ruling above the MSP level by about 40 per cent i.e. Rs 8,500 per quintal as against a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 6,025 per quintal. Farmers are getting reasonably good prices for their produce which is in tandem with other agri-commodities as well,” stated a authorities assertion launched after the assembly.

BKS has been on the identical web page as Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the farm union collective agitating in opposition to the farm legal guidelines, with regard to he demand for a authorized assure for minimal assist value.