VELLORE: Dr M R Sivasamy, of the Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam has appealed to the Central and State governments to fix the procurement price for sugarcane from farmers to mills at `4,000 per tonne. A resolution to this effect was adopted on Friday at a consultative meeting of the Sangam, chaired by Sivasamy.
The Sangam has also requested the State government to fix the procurement price of milk at `35. Sivasamy said that for the past ten years the monsoon has been a failure in TN and particularly so in Vellore district. The farmers are on the brink of abandoning farming altogether. The State and Central governments should consider the situation and provide `10,000 as relief measures to all the farmers.
On the lines of AP and the newly formed Telangana State governments, the State and Central governments should ask national and cooperative banks to waive loans given to farmers to relieve them from the burden.
The Sangam urged the TN government to commence work on intra and inter-state river linking projects immediately and implement the Thenpennai-Palar link to bail Vellore from current drought-like conditions. The state should also work on negotiating with the neighbouring Karnataka to implement the Nethravathi-Palar link project that would revive the Palar river permanently.
Sivasamy said that the newly introduced measures to regulate ground water by the State government will seriously affect farmers across TN and hence these measures should be rolled back. The Sangam has also urged the government to amend the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 suitably to empower farmers to protect their crops from wild animals. He also urged the State government to take stringent action against leather units that do not adhere to pollution control norms . Sivasamy said that members of the Sangam will stage demonstrations insisting on these demands in the fourth week of October next month.