Fifty percent more price than the cost of cultivation was one the important declaration of this year’s budget which had caught everyone’s attention.
BJP Government patted its own back for such a historic decision that no government ever dared to take. Farmers too had appreciated this declaration but were skeptical whether it will be actually implemented or not.
In Maharashtra, there are around five crore people who are directly connected with farming. Around 1.5 crore farmers have bank accounts and 1.2 crore have opted for loan waiver scheme out of which only 97 lakh farmers applications have been approved.
This data comes from Director Planning and Budget Commissionerate of Agriculture Pune. The cultivable land in Maharashtra is around 150 lakh hectare and it is divided into 8 regions of Maharashtra.
“The ground reality is different, tomato’s whole sale per kg price has dropped to 1 rupees, brinjal price has collapsed to 10 paise per brinjal, onion are being sold at 20 to 30 paisa per kg. So this condition is really pathetic. So, the claims made by BJP government that they will be implementing Swaminathan aayog recommendations are mere false claims. The SSS party alleged that the BJP government has left farmers on their own and are concentrating on corporate sector. This is the reason that farmer suicides are not stopping,” said Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatan leader Yogesh Pandey speaking to India Today.
Yogesh Pandey said that untill and unless the farming sector improves, farmers life will not improve. He tried to explain that sector wise contribution in country’s GDP agriculture has been continuously on decline. It has came down from 54% to 17% since 1950 to 2014. In the last 4 years it has again dipped by 7 %. This also says that governments have failed to uplift farming sector.
One of the government officer from Vidharbha region of Maharashtra said that agriculture sector’s Gross Value addition(GVA), after the BJP government came to power in 2015-16 dropped to – 2 %, the lowest ever in the history of India. It drastically scaled to 10 % in 2016-17 but in the year 2017-18 it has again dropped to 6%.
Farmers of Vidharbha and Marathawada regions have always been at the receiving end when it comes to calamities. In 2017 the poisonous insecticide spraying had taken lives of 32 farmer sparyers. 19 spraying farmers died in Yawatmal and rest lost their lives in Akola district. In the month of February, hailstorm caused havoc in both Marathwada and Vidharbha, damaging standing crops in areas spread over 3 lakhs hectares of land.
“BJP Government is not taking any steps in giving 50 % more than the actual cost of agriculture production as it was declared in the union budget,” said Chairman of Akola AMPC.
India Today reporters got ground reports from Aurangabad, Ahmendnagar, Satara, Pune, Gadchiroli , Akola , Buldhana districts. So, it appears that farmers, through out the state have same complained that BJP government has not kept its promise about 50% more price then the actual production cost of crop.
Dhanraj Jain, a farmer from Gadchiroli district explained that paddy is one of the main crops and farmers are not being paid MSP nor have the APMC officials carried out any survey in regard to the agriculture produce that were being sold.