Bhilai, 24 June. Incensed over the forced sale of vermicompost by the societies at Rs 10 per kg, the farmers of Durg district have offered Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel to provide vermicompost at Rs 5 per kg which is half the government price.
Cooperative societies in the state are forcing the peasants to buy vermicompost at Rs. 10 per kg and farmers who refuse to buy cow dung at an expensive rate of ten rupees per kg, are not being given chemical fertilizers. Societies are so stubborn that they are resorting to blackmail the framers despite a widespread protest from the agrarians, said Nischay Bajpai, District President of BJP Kisan Morcha.
Farmers of Chhattisgarh have been pouring dry dung in their fields for hundreds of generations, which along with crop residues is decomposed and subsequently turned into manure by the earthworms, Bajpai wrote in his letter to Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. Bajpai wrote the farmers of Chhattisgarh are the largest producers of vermicompost to enrich their fields and that too without spending even a penny.
Abhorring the Chief Minister’s claim that the vermicompost sold at Rs 10 per kg is relatively much cheaper, he said that the statement of the Chief Minister is beyond facts and anti-farmer. Bajpai further said that if the government guarantees to buy, he on behalf of farmers is offering the same vermicompost at Rs. 5 per kg. This will also generate additional income for the farmer families. However, the only condition is that this fertilizer should not be sold back to us farmers forcibly as is being done in every society today, he claimed.
Bajpai alleged that Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is claiming that vermicompost is six to ten times cheaper at Rs 10 per kg. His statement is irresponsible and anti-farmer, if his manure is so cheap then why is he selling forcibly, he asked.
Questioning the intentions of the Bhupesh government and the BJP leader said that this government keeps searching for new ways to take the money paid against paddy back from our pockets. Sometimes the government bans the transportation of paddy, sometimes the procurement process is so delayed that our paddy dries up, sometimes they reduce the area recorded ofcultivation, he alleged