Hyderabad, Sept 19 (INN): The TRS MPs would firmly oppose and also vote against the new Agriculture Bill to be introduced by the central government in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. To this point, Chief Minister and TRS President K Chandrashekhar Rao instructed TRS MPs, saying that the Bill would cause significant damage to the farming community and was only intended to help the companies.
On Saturday, in a telephone conversation with TRS Parliamentary Party leader Keshava Rao, the Chief Minister said the bill allows farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the world, but in fact, farmers rarely go to faraway places, and traders and corporations travel anywhere in the country to buy or sell their products.”The Bill would throw open flood gates for corporate and private traders to expand their activities nationwide. How can farmers who produce in limited amounts hire lorries transport their yield to faraway places at a high cost in their effort to earn profits? “And he doubted.
Chandrashekhar Rao also found fault with the Center ‘s decision to lower the import tax from 50% to 15% allowing one crore tonnes of maize to be imported from abroad. He pointed out that 70-75 lakh tonnes of corn had already been procured by the Centre. “At a time when the nation is facing an economic downturn, who does the Centre want to benefit? In the region, we have plenty of maize made. What is the point of cutting taxes by 35 per cent and enabling maize imports? What is going to happen to our farmers and to their produce? He was demanding to know.