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         Posted on :16:58:10 Mar 14, 2018
       Last edited on:16:58:10 Mar 14, 2018
         Tags: Work committee, rubber farmers, VS Sunil Kuma

THIRUVANANTHPURAM: Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar has said that the Central Government has appointed a joint work committee to study about the problems faced by the rubber farmers.

Chief secretary Paul Antony would be president of the committee while Tripura chief secretary would be the vice president of 12-member committee.

The action by the Central government is based on the request by the state government to make the procurement price of rubber to be Rs. 200.

The minister was responding to the adjournment motion notice brought out by the opposition protesting against the anti-farmer policies of the state government.

The opposition staged a walk out after the speaker denied permission for the notice brought out by the Kerala Congress (M) leader K M Mani.

K M Mani had said that the maximum number of farmer suicides are happening in Kerala. “Kerala stood witness for farmers committing suicide in Thrissur and Wayanad in recent times. Kerala is fast turning out into a place where more farmer suicides are happening than Vidharbha,” he said.

Mani, who heaped praise on the Kisan Long March in Madhya Pradesh, also demanded that such an approach must also be shown to the farmers in the state.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has said that the maximum number of farmer deaths happened during the times of V S Achuthanandan, and that the government is not doing anything in actual terms for the farmers other than just blowing trumpets.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan replied to this remark by Ramesh Chennithala by saying that the Agricultural Debt Relief Commission brought out by the VS government.

Minister V S Sunil Kumar has said that there has been no instance of farmer suicide in the state in the 22 months since the LDF government came to power, whereas 61 farmers committed suicide when the previous UDF government was in power.

“It has not been confirmed whether the farmer in Mananthavady committed suicide because of debts. I’ve sought a report from the district collector regarding the same. Nevertheless, Kerala is not mentioned in the list of states where farmer suicides happen in the report prepared by the National Crime Records Bureau,” he said.

Sunil Kumar also said that the government has an open approach towards solving the problems of the farmers, and added that the government has not denied any benefits for the farmers because of the crisis created by the note-ban or the GST.

He further said that the middlemen are not being able to swindle off the benefits provided for the farmers, and added that the government is also considering giving an extension for the repayment of farm loans.

The others to speak were M K Muneer, P J Joseph, Anoop Jacob, and O Rajagopal.

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