Centre not sensitive towards needs of Maha farmers: MPCC


Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) accused the BJP-led state government of being silent on Centre’s insufficient supply of urea to the state for the rabbi season.

MPCC spokesman Sachin Sawant said for the year 2014-15, thirteen lakh metric tonnes of urea was sought by the state, while the Centre assured to supply only 11.5 lakh metric tonnes.

“However, till this month only 7.05 lakh metric tonnes have been received. This means there is 40 per cent less than what was assured and 46 per cent less than what was demanded,” he said.

Sawant said the Centre is not sensitive towards the needs of the farmers in the state. “Modi had promised 50 per cent profits to the total production cost to farmers. However, farmers are not being given guarantee price to the crop,” he said.

Despite demand for financial assistance per hectare, loan waiver and free supply of seeds and fertilisers, the government wants farmers to procure seeds and fertilisers from private companies for a hefty amount.

As compared to this, the UPA government provided 14.2 lakh metric tonnes of urea in 2014.