Jagan forms high-level panel to look into syndicates exploiting aqua farmers

Expressing anger over syndicates exploiting the aqua farmers, the Chief Minister directed the committee to look into the complaints and submit the report within a week.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  8 Oct 2022 12:09 PM GMT
Jagan forms high-level panel to look into syndicates exploiting aqua farmers

Amaravati: Acting on complaints of aqua farmers and farmers' associations over syndicates exploiting them, Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday constituted a high-level committee with ministers and senior IAS officers to look into the issue.

The panel comprises minister for energy, environment, and forest Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy, education minister Botcha Satyanarayana, minister for animal husbandry, dairy development, and fisheries Seediri Appala Raju, chief secretary Sameer Sarma, special CS (environment and forest) Neerabh Kumar Prasad, special CS (animal husbandry and fisheries) Dr. Poonam Malakondaiah, and special CS (energy) K. Vijayanand. Fisheries commissioner K. Kannababu will be the committee's member-convener.

Representatives of aquaculture farmers and farmers' organisations met the Chief Minister and complained that businessmen, who have formed aqua syndicates, are causing them severe financial losses by decreasing the prices of aqua and increasing the cost of aquaculture feed.

Expressing anger over syndicates exploiting the aqua farmers, the Chief Minister directed the committee to look into the complaints and submit the report within a week. He warned that the government will not keep quiet if the farmers incur financial losses. It is a serious matter that syndicates have been exploiting the farmers and causing them financial losses despite the government bringing special laws to protect their interests, he said.

The CM asked senior officials to take strict action against the syndicates after the report is submitted.

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