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Seven cotton farmers commit suicide

The state government began cotton procurement and announced a guarantee price of an average of Rs 2,850 per quintal. The move came after seven cotton growers in Vidarbha committed suicide in 48 hours, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2009 02:12 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra

The state government began cotton procurement and announced a guarantee price of an average of Rs 2,850 per quintal on Thursday.

The move came after seven cotton growers in Vidarbha committed suicide in 48 hours.

State cotton marketing federation chairman N.P. Hirani said the state had started purchasing cotton from 68 centres in the state with the guarantee price.

The maximum rate of raw cotton would be Rs 3,000 per quintal. He made it clear that the federation would not purchase the low quality of cotton from farmers.

“They (will) have to sell the inferior quality of cotton to private traders,” he said.

Of the seven, two each were from Wardha and Yavatmal while one each from Amravati, Akola and Washim.

With the deaths of these seven, the toll has risen to 10 this month while the figure was 54 last month.

Moreshwar Wakile, a cotton grower of Jerur in Yavatmal said most farmers were frustrated because of crop failure and meager remunerative prices.

“I cultivated cotton on my 40-acre land while got only 20 quintals of raw cotton,” he said, adding it would be very difficult for him to repay the huge loan of Rs 1.5 lakh to banks and maintain the family for a year with this resource.

Wakile said the state cotton marketing federation also did not open any procurement centre in the area so that they could sell the raw cotton.