Farmers oppose forcible land acquisition

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Udupi, Sep 24 (UNI) The farmers under Udupi district unit of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) today strongly opposed forcible acquisition of fertile agricultural land of farmers in the name of Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

The state convener of BKS B V Poojary while addressing the farmers from the district before submitting memorandum as part of the nationwide farmer's awareness campaign and Dharna against exploitation of farmers and injustice cautioned that due to the anti-farmer's policies of the government, the farmers in the country were forced to discontinue agriculture. The farmers were unable to pull on with the agricultural activities as the production cost had become higher than the selling cost.

He cautioned that this situation would lead to food scarcity in future forcing the nation to depend on import of food article. The Indian farmers demand fair price fixation pattern to their produces.

He blamed that the politicians and the bureaucracy were the main hurdles in solving the problems faced by the farmers.

In his key note address, Mr. Rameshraju, the member of Organic Farming Mission (OFM) and executive president of Mandya unit BKS charged that the union government had taken special keen on establishing SEZs in the country to sell our fertile lands to the Multi-National Companies (MNCs) besides providing several concessions and relaxations. Such SEZs would only benefit the MNCs incurring economic loss to India, he opined.

He called upon that the farmers in the state should have united fight against the government which was ignoring all ongoing protests against SEZs. While there was hike in all other aspects including wages as high as 150 per cent during last few decade, the prices of the produces of the farmers had seen hike of only about 15 per cent.

the rate fixed by the government for farmer's produces were much lower than the production cost which had led to depression of farmers resulting in large scale farmer suicide cases, he said adding that the farmers in the country should be united and strongly oppose anymore exploitation of the farmers.

The farmers later who led in a procession submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi containing 14 charter of demands.

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