AIKS to hold nation-wide stir demanding hike in MSP for paddy

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Hyderabad, Jun 17 (UNI) The CPI-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) will spearhead a nation-wide stir till the Centre agreed to hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy to Rs 1,000 per quintal.

Addressing a press conference here, AIKS Vice-President K Nageswara Rao said the party activists would organise 'rasta rokos' in different parts of the country till July 15 to press their demand.

The AIKS, along with other like-minded farmers' organisations, would hold an agitation on June 19, demanding immediate steps to ease shortage of fertilisers and seeds and hike in MSP for paddy grown in Khariff season, he said.

It was unfortunate that the Centre had not accepted the recommendation of the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices to fix the MSP for paddy at Rs 1,000 per quintal, Mr Rao lamented.

He felt that Rs 850 per quintal of paddy, announced by the Centre recently, would not be sufficient to meet the cost of production.

The AIKS national conference would be held in Amaravati, Maharashtra, for three days from August 14, he said.

Condemning the police firing on the red sorghum growers in Armoor in Nizamabad district in the state, in which one person was injured, the AIKS leader demanded that the Government should ensure purchase of the red sorghum produced by the farmers and also clear the amount due to them.

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