Farmers' organisations appeal to MPs

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Hyderabad, May 12 : The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Independent Farmers Organizations has appealed to all members of Parliament from the state and members of the state legislature to exert pressure on the Centre and the state government, and render justice to paddy growers.

In seperate letters addressed to the law makers, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, President, and Mr P Bhaskara Rao, Convener, of the Federation, they drew their attention to the rural background of most of them and said they were duty bound to go to the rescue of the farmers.

The farmer in Andhra Pradesh was not getting even the minimum support price for paddy fixed two years ago, a press release from Lok Satta Party said here today.

Giving facts and figures on the demand for and supply of food grains at the national and state levels, the Federation pointed out that a solution to the problem lies in exporting surplus food grains outside the country. State undertakings like the STC can undertake exports and share profits with farmers. The MPs should lead a delegation under the Chief Minister's leadership to Delhi and exert pressure on the Prime Minister and other Central leaders to permit rice exports.

In their letter to members of the state legislature, the Federation leaders said farmers received less than Rs 250 per quintal of paddy against the minimum support price of Rs 1030.

Although the government claims it has opened a number of purchase centers, the purchases was meagre.

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