Babu Has Poor Opinion On Farmers

Hyderabad, Dec 23: Reiterating that the Chandrababu Naidu government has a poor opinion on farmers and agriculture, YSR Congress said, the just concluded Collectors’ Meet has failed to discuss the people’s issue, more so that of farmers, but the focus was on fixing growth rate without any basis.

Speaking to reporters here on Friday, party senior leader Botsa Satyanarayana said;’ the extent of sowing operations this rabi season has drastically fallen and there seems to be no discussion or any action plan to mitigate the suffering of the farmers.

Instead, the conference focused on fixing higher growth rate without fulfilling the basic norms and indicators of growth were not taken into account as the state has failed to look into the slide of agriculture sector this rabi season.

The growth indicators always would be agriculture output, industrial production and income from service sector. While farmers are under duress with the failure of waiving agriculture loans and the State having a poor opinion on farm sector and industrial development not visible, the growth rate remains a mirage and this cannot be vouched for immediately, he said.

The average extent of sowing during rabi season has been over 14 lakh hectares but this time around it has fallen to just over 9 lakh hectares, as per the government data, which shows how pathetic the condition of agriculture is in the state, despite the tall claims of the State on the growth rate, of which agriculture is a prime component.

The state has been reeling under acute shortage of currency supply in wake of the demonetization and Chandrababu Naidu, who staked claim that it was he who had given the idea of banning higher denomination notes has been silent over the issue and did not speak to the Prime Minister about it. It was widely quoted that Chandrababu Naidu has written a letter to the Prime Minister to pull out Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.

When it comes to replacement, Andhra Pradesh got a raw deal and Chandrababu Naidu has never opened his mouth. While Telangana state has received Rs 20,000 crores in new currency, our state has got only Rs 14,000 crores despite Chandrababu Naidu and his TDP being an ally in the NDA coalition, he said.

We demand that the farmers issue should be considered immediately as they are facing hardships for the rabi crop and demonetization as it has become difficult to pay the labour, he said.
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