‘YSRCP government. left the peasants in the lurch

Activists of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) held a demonstration in front of Prakasam Bhavan here on Saturday to protest against the “anti-farmers” policies of the YSRCP government.

The activists, led by Ongole Lok Sabha party leader N. Balaji, launched slogans calling for market intervention to support various sections of farmers, including rice and Bengali gram growers.

K. Venkaiah, the district president of the TDP peasant wing, said none of the peasants received a counter price for their products. He added that of the 25,000, only 1,233 quintals of the Bengali gram were procured by market intervention agencies, forcing farmers to store the rest of the produce in cold stores.

The purchase price of Subabul and Eucalyptus has fallen below 2,000 yen per ton, compared to over 4,200 yen per ton agreed by paper mills at the behest of the state government, he said, adding that the zero interest rate regime for farmers did not do the job given the government Reduction of the loan amount to ₹ 1 lakh.

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