Tamil Nadu 2021 assembly elections: Agri poll promises may not bear fruit | Tamil Nadu election news
Farmers make up about 80% of the 1.2 crore voters in 38 constituencies
The two Dravidian majors competed to woo the agrarian community this time by offering plenty of assurances, including an increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP), but many farmers in the Cauvery Delta area (CDZ) and neighboring districts there see another net bait their voices.
Farmer votes could be decisive in 38 out of 41 constituencies in the central districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagappattinam, Trichy, Ariyalur, Cuddalore and Pudukottai. These districts include CDZ with a total geographic area of 14.47 lakh hectares. In addition to this, some parts of Karur and Perambalur also have agricultural activity.
“All farmers expect a fair price for their produce, as recommended by MS Swaminathan. When demand becomes reality, farmers will realize a profit in the ailing agricultural industry. Unfortunately, there is no strong assurance from anyone on this aspect, ”said Bharatiya state spokesman Kisan Sangam (BKS) N Veerasekaran.
Although the waiver of the 12,100 crore farm loan announced by the AIADMK government may comfort more than 16 lakh farmers to some extent, the series of protests against the three agricultural laws in the nation’s capital will have an impact on the elections. , say the farmers. “The majority of farmers have an idea of the controversial agricultural laws and their anguish will cast a shadow over the announcement of the forgiveness of the loan,” said the president of KV Elankeeran, Federation of Associations of Farmers of the Cauvery Delta.
AIADMK candidate Srirangam and former Jayalalithaa cabinet minister of agriculture, Ku Pa Krishnan, is confident that waiving the agricultural loan will pay AIADMK dividends. “Everyone has the waiver certificate. Those who have obtained the certificate are free of the loans. The cancellation of the loan was welcomed by the agrarian community, ”he explains.
Declaring that the Mettur Dam remains the lifeline for farmers in the Delta, Cauvery Delta Farmers Association Trichy President Dikshidhar Balasubramanian said the DMK pledge to double the areas of Ayacut was not a priority. “Whether it’s AIADMK or DMK, they should make sure Tamil Nadu gets 177.2 tons of water from Cauvery. They should also focus on removing encroachments on water bodies to increase storage capacity, ”he said, adding that the Kudimaramathu project only covered 25% of the areas they planned to. to clean.
Although the AIADMK has declared the CDZ an agricultural protection zone to stop exploration for methane and hydrocarbons, traces of the projects are still present in the districts of the delta.
Secretary-General of State of Indian Farmers Association GS Dhanapathy said they were unsure whether AIADMK would bow to pressure from the BJP to open the door to exploration if it retains power. “If AIADMK is not part of the BJP alliance, farmers may believe they will keep their promise, but the situation is different now,” he said.