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No Green Revln with corporate farming: BJP

Written by: Staff

Dehradun, Aug 24: Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha has said the Congress led UPA Government should refrain from bringing in another Green Revolution based on corporate farming, genetics seeds and chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

''If at all it is necessary, it should be based on biological farming instead,'' said national president of BJP Kisan Morcha Vinod Pandey while addressing the media here yesterday.

He said farmers are committing suicide even after the announcement of special packages for them. ''Centre should ensure that farmers are rendered appropriate costs of their products, better quality seeds and proper irrigation facilities,'' he said, while demanding that UPA Government present on exact break down of the suicides committed by the farmers so far, as the incidents have accelerated in its tenure.

Critisising Centre for its 'poor' agriculture policies Mr Pandey said the seeds Act would result in farmers turning to the slaves of multinational companies. ''Farmer's right to seeds should be maintained,'' he asserted, adding the government was playing with the food security of the country as its faulty policy has led to empty godowns of food grains and the Public Distribution System totally breaking down.

Lambasting UPA Government for acquiring lands on the pretext of Special Economic Zone, Mr Pandey said it was acting like a new land lord and acquiring most of the agricultural lands. ''It should take non-agricultural lands and the percentage of share that goes to the Government from other party should go to the farmers from whom the lands are acquired,'' he commented.


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