4 hrs · Nedumbalam ·
More than 5000 paddy farmers joined together in the two day Adhirengam Paddy Festival at Thiruthiraipoondi, Tamilnadu and declared that the present MSP of Rs 1470 per quintal declared by the Govt of India for paddy was an insult to the farmer. In 46 years when the income for all govt and corporate employees have increased by 150 to 300%, the MSP has increased only by 29%. It is unacceptable. The meeting demanded that the price of procurement of paddy be increased to Rs 5100 as suggested by the food policy analyst and Kisan Ekta founder Dr Devinder Sharma. The largest meet of farmers who came to celebrate organic farming and the massive spread of traditional varieties resolved to write to the PM and concerned ministries to increase the parity of income through MSP to Rs 5100. They declared that they need parity and not charity.