Kisan Union seeks bailout package

Kisan Union seeks bailout package

Agency News

Contrary to the Centre’s assertions regarding smooth harvesting, procurement and sowing operations, and financial support during the lockdown, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has claimed heavy losses to farmers and written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding a relief package of Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

Owing to the lockdown, vegetable and fruit cultivators have lost 80 per cent of their crop, while flower and dairy farmers incurred 100 per cent and 50 per cent losses, respectively, the BKU said.

Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said the government must help the agriculture sector with direct income support and immediately release an economic package of Rs 1.5 lakh crore to help the farmers.