Pawar blames State govt for deaths of farmers

Sakal Times
Monday, 23 October 2017

The NCP president was speaking to reporters at Nagpur airport while he was on his way for a felicitation ceremony in Amravati. Pawar criticised the agriculture ministry and stressed the need to have strong laws to tackle such issues. Speaking on the farmer loan waiver issue after the Maharashtra government last week released Rs 4,000 crore under the first phase of the over Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver

Pune: The Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar called the recent pesticide poisoning deaths of farmers in Yavatmal and nearby areas as 'unfortunate' and blamed the concerned ministry for failing to keep a check on harmful pesticides which have caused the death of several farmers.

Pawar said that sale of banned pesticides in the market has caused several deaths and a number of farmers were falling sick due to pesticide poisoning.

"During my tenure as agriculture minister such incidents never happened because we never allowed the use of pesticides without proper clearance.

“There is need to have proper checks of pesticides available in the market," Pawar said.

The NCP president was speaking to reporters at Nagpur airport while he was on his way for a felicitation ceremony in Amravati. Pawar criticised the agriculture ministry and stressed the need to have strong laws to tackle such issues. Speaking on the farmer loan waiver issue after the Maharashtra government last week released Rs 4,000 crore under the first phase of the over Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver.

Pawar raised several questions about the scheme.

As per the scheme the first phase will cover more than 8 lakh farmers. Pawar said that if the government fails to provide loan waiver to all the farmers then he will look into the issue. When questioned by reporters on Uddhav and Raj Thackeray, Pawar did not speak about them. The NCP chief said the State government should provide assistance to farmers who have suffered losses to their soybean and cotton crops due to unseasonal rains.

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