Agri Business

TDP chief fears food crisis as AP farmers adopt crop holiday

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on August 09, 2011

The Telugu Desam leader, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, on Tuesday voiced fears that the country was facing an impending food crisis following farmers in Andhra Pradesh voluntarily going in for a ‘crop holiday' as agriculture was becoming unremunerative.

The former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister said there was a severe crisis in agriculture due to this development and called upon the Agriculture Minister to take immediate steps to curtail the trend, which, he said, was fast spreading to various parts of the State.

“Today, there is a crisis in agriculture — the biggest in the country after Independence — as farmers in Andhra Pradesh have decided to go for a crop holiday.” Mr Naidu said, “Farmers were unable to cultivate crops and were suffering huge losses due to rising input costs after being forced to sell agriculture produce at lower prices. Year after year, farmers are going into a debt crisis.” The leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh State Assembly met the Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar and apprised him of the situation in the State.

“The Agriculture Minister has asked me to meet the Prime Minister and Finance Minister as various policies were involved. I would be meeting the Prime Minister and Finance Minister on Wednesday to apprise them of the situation in Andhra Pradesh and urge them to take immediate steps in the matter,” he said.

The TDP leader sought the support of various political parties in tackling such a situation and contain the spread of the crop holiday trend.

Published on August 09, 2011

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