Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Wednesday alleged that farmers are not getting fair prices of paddy due to the ‘government’s irresponsibility and lack of agricultural policy’.
‘It is hard to imagine that the farmers are suffering for producing paddy. They’re now being forced to set fire to paddy field for not getting the fair prices of their produce. Such situation is created as there is no agricultural policy of the government. The government failed to ensure due price of paddy,’ he said.The Gano Forum leader came up with the statements while addressing a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
Farmers are now unable to recoup their production cost by selling the paddy they produced, Dr Kamal also alleged.
‘Government’s irresponsibility is being noticed in all sectors. They’ve no sense of responsibility for farmers and as well as the country’s citizens,’ he also said.
The Gono Forum chief also said this government has no statistics about the farmers and their production capacity as it did not conduct any agricultural census.
Describing the government as ‘unelected’ one, he said people have no confidence in it.
‘People also need to understand that they’re now paying heavy prices for bearing such an unelected government,’ he alleged.The Gano Forum chief also alleged that the government has failed to perform their responsibility.
He also called upon people to get united to restore democracy and overcome the current situation in the country.
Reading out a written statement at the press conference, Gano Forum executive president Abu Sayeed said the government has become isolated from people as they have snatched people’s right.
Prof Abu Sayeed also placed some recommendations for ensuring the fair prices of paddy for formers and overcoming the current crisis.
They include procuring paddy directly from farmers by setting up procurement centres at different hart-bazaars at the union level, introducing modern marketing system, diversifying crops, providing incentives to farmers, introducing crop insurance and giving farmers soft and low-interest loans.
Besides, Gono Forum general secretary Reza Kibria said the government is not sympathetic to farmers though it comes forward to ‘cooperate with loan defaulters and share market manipulators’.