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Coming A Cropper

The paddy crisis in Punjab, as also elsewhere, was the result of an unholy trader-government nexus

Coming A Cropper
Coming A Cropper
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The affected farmers, who sold their paddy for as low as Rs 250 per quintal to private traders against the government-set minimum support price (msp) of Rs 540, are levelling allegations of the procurement agencies being hand-in-glove with the traders' lobby, which traditionally has strong links with the bjp. That the traders—who are also farmers—will now be selling the same rice stocks to the agencies at msp rates has lent credence to the simmering resentment among small farmers.

If Punjab's farmers are crying foul, so are those in western UP, Haryana and Orissa. The general drift of their complaint is that they are being cheated by the trader lobby. After the paddy fiasco, the farmers have now sown wheat but no msp for their produce has been announced by the Union food and civil supplies ministry.

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