The Consortium of Indian Farmers Association (CIFA) has demanded removal of all trading controls on exports of rice, wheat and cotton.

The association wanted the Government to allow them to export whenever international markets offered them good prices.

It also asked the Government not to create barriers within the country.

Trade status

A national level meet of farmers, which was held here on Saturday, discussed the status of trade in wheat, rice and cotton and strongly felt that the Government was coming in the way from realising good returns.

The meet demanded that the country should have an exclusive Budget for issues related to agriculture.

“The farming sector deserves an exclusive Budget. This will help the country plan better and tackle farm challenges,” P. Chengal Reddy, Secretary-General of CIFA, said.

detailed discussion

The CIFA called for a detailed discussion on the National Commission of Farmers in Parliament.

Jayaprakash Narayana, President of Lok Satta Party, blamed the Government for making rules that went against the interests of the farmers.

“They bar cotton exports to benefit the textile industry. Cotton is not a perishable commodity.

They should take measures to store it and allow the farmers to sell when the demand goes up,” he said.

(This article was published on November 25, 2012)
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