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RSS seeks bonus for Gujarat cotton farmers who have sold their produce

Gujarat Health Minister had said those farmers who have already sold their cotton will not get the benefit.

Written by Gopal B Kateshiya | Rajkot | Published: December 18, 2015 8:40:48 am

RSS farmers’ body Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) Thursday said small and marginal farmers, who have already sold their produce, may not benefit from the MSP bonus.

It said that the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) and the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) await a formal intimation from the government and the farmers will have to wait for some time to avail of the bonus”.

“Had the government made the announcement in the beginning of the season, small and marginal farmers, who have been forced to sell their cotton at a low price, would have benefited. We demand that the government also thinks about such farmers,” Vitthal Dudhatra, general secretary of Gujarat unit of BKS, said in a release.

While making the announcement on Wednesday, Health Minister Nitin Patel, the spokesperson of the state government, had said those farmers who have already sold their cotton will not get the benefit.

On the other hand, a top officer of Ahmedabad branch of the CCI said it has not received any communique from the state government or the headquarters of the CCI on the bonus payment.

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