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Chennai: Tamil Nadu farmers have decided to stage a massive protest on August 15 in Chennai against the state government's failure to support farming and agriculture.
Tamil Nadu Farmers' Association leader, P.R. Pandiyan on Friday said that the DMK government after assuming office has not done anything for agriculture. Due to this, there might be a possibility of a dip in food grain cultivation in the state.
Pandian’s remarks came after a state-level meeting of the Association in Madurai.
The farmers' leader said that the state government has not done anything that the DMK had promised during the run-up to the 2021 Assembly elections.
He said that the state government has not made any efforts to hike the Minimum Support Price of rice and sugarcane, adding that this was creating difficulties for farmers.
Pandian also said that the government had not taken any steps to execute the promise of establishing an agriculture university in Madurai.
He charged that the DMK government had not made any efforts for the maintenance of water bodies in areas irrigated by the Vaigai and Tamaraibarani rivers, which has led to a dip in the water level in storage dams.
The farmers' leader further said that even after this, the Chief Minister has not held any review meeting on the situation at the ground level.
He also criticized the Tamil Nadu government for not doing anything against Karnataka's move to construct a dam at Mekedatu across the Cauvery.
With inputs from IANS