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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray warns companies selling substandard seeds to farmers

There have been complaints raised by farmers in Marathwada and Vidarbha region of seeds not being germinated.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray warns companies selling substandard seeds to farmers
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday warned that selling of poor quality or substandard seeds to farmers will invite harsh action. The state government will register cases against firms that provide poor quality seeds to the farmers, he asserted. 

There have been complaints raised by farmers in Marathwada and Vidarbha region of seeds not being germinated. Since the Kharif season has begun, farmers across the state are sowing seeds for their produce. In several districts, soyabean cultivation dominates the farmer community. However, with the supply of poor quality seeds, most farmers are facing huge crisis and losses.

Strict action will be taken against the companies who have provided poor quality of bogus seeds to the farmers, the Chief Minister said during his address on Sunday. He added that the state government stands with the farmers in this matter and will seek compensation for them from these companies. 

“I promise you that we will find and punished those who have duped our farmers,” Thackeray said while adding that the farmers have been forced to repeat sowing. 

The Chief Minister also spoke about loan waiver scheme for farmers saying that in some areas it couldn’t be implemented due to COVID-19 outbreak. Thackeray said that nearly 12 lakh farmers who were left out of the loan waiver will be covered soon. 

Earlier, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Devendra Fadnavis on Monday demanded action against the Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation Limited for allegedly selling substandard seeds to farmers at high prices. 

The Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation Limited, or mostly known as ‘MAHABEEJ’, has been selling substandard seeds at higher prices to the farmers, Fadnavis wrote to the Chief Minister.

The senior BJP leader alleged that the farmers were sold a bag of soyabean for ₹2,300 which is actually priced at ₹1,700 with government subsidy.

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