To make farming viable, farmers demand increased support price, timely subsidies
MARGAO: Alleging that government programs benefiting farmers remain only on paper and subsidies to support agriculture are not arriving on time, Sirjem Add Tenant Association, a farmers’ organization based in Curtorim, has warned that they might be forced to stop growing and look for other sources of income. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Milagres Menezes, chairman of the association, demanded that the support price be raised from Rs 20 to Rs 50 as labor and other costs soared. “We have been engaged in cultivation for many generations, but given the current situation, the next generation might not follow because agriculture is no longer viable for us,” Menezes said. Treasurer Rupesh Naik added, “We demand that the government raise the price of the grant. The Chief Minister must visit us physically and look at the practical difficulties we are facing; agricultural reports cannot be prepared in an office.
He said local farmers are not happy with this year’s yield but will soon start plowing the fields for a second paddy crop.