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Without MSP, no sting in Telangana turmeric

HYDERABAD: The region that produces a big chew of one of India’s essential spices – turmeric – is boiling over with resentment. Farmers in Armoor division of Nizamabad district of Telangana were establishing small protests consistently for the past week hard that the central gover nment come with turmeric in the record of vegetation getting minimum make stronger worth (MSP).

Congress has now decided to back the protests and get started a fast-unto-death from Tuesday at Mamdipalli Chowrasta in Armoor. At least 10,000 farmers are anticipated sign up for the protest, declare Congress Kisan cellular members.

But resentment over getting lower than part the cost of production has been brewing for years. Turmeric is an extended duration crop that takes 9 months ahead of it is ready for harvest and calls for an funding of Rs 1.five lakh per acre. In the open market, farmers get Rs four,000 per quintal but peg production price at round Rs 9,000 per quintal.

“We deal with the turmeric crop like a goddess, and don’t even enter the sphere in an unclean state. Farmers are dropping ?five,000 per quintal at current prices. We don't have any possibility but to take a seat for a fast-untodeath,” says an emotional Aloori Sai Reddy, turmeric farmer from Narayanpet Mandal in Nizamabad.

“Like in case of the commodities like paddy, turmeric will have to be incorporated in minimum make stronger worth record of the Union govt and will have to now not be handled like spice, but like a food crop,” says Gopidi Ganga Reddy, every other farmer from Nooitipalli village in the same district.

“Farmers are compelled to visit Sangli in Maharashtra, 500 km away, as they get Rs 8,000 per quintal there. Officials are threatening us to forestall the protest but we will be able to now not prevent,” says Anvesh Reddy, who is establishing the protest.

Another lengthy pending call for is for advent of a countrywide turmeric board, headquartered at Nizamabad. “This would assist us in having links to exporters and get other benefits. We were soliciting for the central govt for a board for a very long time,” says Kotapati Narasimham Naidu, president of Telangana Turmeric Farmers’ Association. The association is affiliated with TRS. Naidu says farmers will have to avoid a protest as there little that the state govt can do in settling on MSP and putting in place of a board.

State govt officers say turmeric farmers will have to now not undersell themselves with seed growers. “They get the seed with an agreement of very low worth for the crop,” says Govindu Mekala, joint director, agriculture department. “The central govt has to come to a decision on their calls for. We have despatched a report back to the federal government at the current state of affairs here.”

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