Eluru, Oct 15 (UNI) Thousands of farmers today staged a dharna before the district collectorate here, demanding the Andhra Pradesh Government announce the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy.
Earlier, they took out a massive procession led by various farmers' associations. They shouted slogans against the government for neglecting the paddy farmers.
Addressing the dharna, Eluru MP K Sambasiva Rao, Former Minister V Sobhanadreswara Rao and Former MP Y Shivaji expressed concern over not announcing support price for paddy.
It was expensive to cultivate paddy, they said and added if the farmers were not given MSP, they would incur heavy losses.
They alleged that a powerful lobby at the Centre had succeeded in annoucing support price of Rs 1,000 for wheat.
They demanded the Centre to announce Rs 1,000 as MSP for paddy also.