By admin       2018-10-22

On October 6, CCI entered the market to buy narma (raw cotton) directly from farmers at the MSP, and thus help reduce their dependence on arhatiyas. Areas were marked out for CCI in all the state’s cotton mandis. Cotton farmers, however, did not respond. At mandis where officials tried to persuade farmers to sell their crop to CCI directly, both farmers and arhatiyas protested; on October 12, arhatiyas organised protests at all mandis. Farmers have long complained that the MSP is only on paper, and they don’t actually get that price when they sell. CCI chose to enter the market to purchase directly from farmers when market rates were close to the MSP; if the rates fell subsequently, it would be CCI’s responsibility to buy at full MSP as per the quality parameters of the crop

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