Cotton harvesting in Marathwada and Vidarbha region of the state facing an unprecedented crisis, as the pink ‘Bollworm’ pest has affected the crops badly.
Reacting over the damages of the cotton crops, a farmer from Ekod, Vishwambar Bansihake said this year he has taken a bank loan of Rs 1.5 lakh and sowed cotton in his four acre land but, due to severe Bollworm disease eighty per cent of his crops have affected resulting, incurred heavy losses. The debt ridden farmer said, “In June, the state government made announcement of loan waiver scheme, but till date they have not credited money in our account, now I have no other option but to commit suicide.”
On this issue, Aurangabad district Congress held an agitation on Thursday and sought to register cases against seeds companies, who allegedly provided bogus cotton seeds to the farmers, who are already facing financial problems. Shetkari Annadata Sanghatana President and farmer leader Jayaji Suryawanshi too accused that, the central government is not serious about cause of farmers but they are more serious about the problems of capitalists and industrialists in the country. “On an average, eight distressed farmers commit suicides per day due to the anti-farmers policies of government,” he alleged. “We have already held several agitations for the demands of 7/12 extract of farmers should be blank and compensation to the cotton affected farmers,” he added.