Khammam: TRS Lok Sabha leader, MP Nama Nageswara Rao has urged the ITC to take steps to implement an agreement reached on April 4, 2018, with subabul and eucalyptus farmers and farmers’ union representatives with regard to their issues.
The MP, who was in New Delhi to attend a parliamentary committee meeting in view of the upcoming winter session of Parliament, had a meeting with ITC senior vice-president, Anil Rajput on Thursday.
He said that farmers were facing many problems due to non-implementation of the agreement made with the district farmers in the past. The Telangana government gives importance to the welfare of the farmers and the government would always be there to solve their problems.
Nageswara Rao handed over previous letters written to the ITC Chairman asking for supporting prices for farmers and a copy of the agreement made with the farmers to the vice president. He noted that farmers were demanding a minimum support price of Rs. 6,500 per tonne.
The cost of cultivation has become burdensome and farmers were asking to buy the raw wood directly from the farmers without the involvement of middlemen. It was not proper to ask farmers to remove bark before supplying the wood, he explained.
He wanted purchase orders to be given to the farmers in a timely manner. The wood with three years age and above has to be purchased without any delay and steps to ensure immediate unloading of raw wood taken to the ITC factory at Sarapaka in the district.
Failure to unload the raw material in a timely manner would lead to financial burden on farmers. There was sufficient supply of subabul and eucalyptus wood in erstwhile Khammam district and the company had to e procure the wood from farmers within the district, Nageswara Rao noted.
The MP reminded that farmers have been asking the company to insure every plantation to protect them from damages caused by natural disasters. He told Rajput that he would raise the issue in the parliamentary sessions if the management does not address subabul and eucalyptus farmers’ problems forthwith.
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