Agartala, Apr 9: Tripura government sought special arrangement for 22000 odd farmers whose farming land have been fallen out the barbed wire fencing along Indo-Bangladesh
border in view of Covid-19 pandemic that affected the harvesting of agricultural produces.
While video conference with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Tripura agriculture minister Pranajit Singharoy on Wednesday flagged the issues of farmers’
problem in harvesting produces of 5000 hectares of agriculture land in outside the wire fencing and urged special arrangement.
“Due to barbed wire fencing, a large of number living in no man's land has been shifted inside the fencing but their farmland is still there and everyday BSF opened the gate for
their travel for farming. However, the recent outbreak of Covid-19 border has been sealed completely and nobody is allowed to move across the fencing as per the instruction of
union home ministry that created serious problems for the farmers,” Singharoy told union minister.
He stated beside, Rabi crops, seasonal fruits like watermelons cultivated in the land was left abandoned in the field for about a fortnight due to lockdown. As a result, the farmers
would face serious crisis near future unless government extend help for the poor farmers and make a special arrangement for harvesting he produces. Singharoy, further requested the central government to extend the volume of subsidy up
to 90 percent under Prime Minister’s irrigation scheme for the marginal farmers considering the economic status, which is now only 50 percent and added, “Over 15000 poor farmers of
Tripura could not get the benefit of the scheme because they are so poor to afford 50 percent contribution to get irrigation facilities.”
Welcoming the decision of parcel train to carry agricultural produces in the northeast in the wake of lockdown situation, the minister requested the centre to start the service
quickly and considering the condition of the businessmen, the parcel train must be allowed to run for a longer period even after lockdown is lifted.
Demanding extension of subsidy on masoor dal that has been given by the state government at less than a half cost of the market to the consumers one kilogram to each family through public distribution system. The period of central subsidy on masoor dal has been completed about six months ago but the state government has been continuing the supply from state ex-chequre.
“The state government has also faced some problem in managing the huge subsidy every month. So, I reminded the minister to consider the issue on an urgent basis,”
Singharoy underling adding that he has assured to look into the matters and issue the, necessary decisions soon. UNI