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Purohit seeks PM’s intervention over agriculture scenario in State




 Padampur MLA Pradip Purohit today sought the intervention of the Prime Minister to address the concerns of farmers in the State, especially Western Odisha.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the legislator said that he was dismayed at the condition of farmers during a recent trip to the interiors of Bolangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts. He added that during his interaction with farmers, it was revealed that Urea being a major nitrogenous fertilizer is being purchased by farmers at higher prices. “The price of Urea being set by the Government of India per 50 kg bag is Rs 298. But it is being sold for around Rs 350 per 50 kg to the farmers”, Purohit alleged.

The MLA said cotton is one of the major crops being cultivated in the districts of Western Odisha. Despite ban on BT cotton seeds in the State, the farmers are using it, he added. Purohit said the price set for BT cotton seeds by the Central government is Rs 650/packet for BT-1 cotton seeds and Rs 720/packet for BT-II cotton seeds. He added that farmers are buying the seeds for around Rs 1,050/packet.

The legislator said since cotton seeds cultivated in Western Odisha is BT cotton seeds, the farmers are unable to produce invoice for the same. “Being unable to produce proper invoice, the farmers are being deprived of insurance facilities”, he stated. On irrigation facility, Purohit said during his interaction with the farmers, most complained that they were unable to avail deep bore well facility being provided by the Centre under Jalanidhi programme.

The MLA said the current agriculture scenario in Western Odisha is unnerving and needs urgent redressal. “I have already raised these issues in the State Assembly and have not been given reply nor has the State government done anything in this regard”, he alleged.  






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