Nizamabad: The Nizamabad MP Dharmapuri Aravind has changed tack on setting up of a turmeric board, the main plank of his election campaign and now said that turmeric board would not be of any use for the farmers. Aravind had, in fact, given it in writing on a bond paper before his election to the parliament that he would quit the parliament, if he did not get the turmeric board constituted within five days of his election..
The BJP MP, however, now maintained that the Union Government would take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time to provide remunerative price to turmeric crop, in stead of setting up a turmeric board. Speaking to newsmen here on Sunday, Aravind compared the Turmeric board to an outdated Ambassador car. He also argued that the Coffee, Mirchi, Coir and other boards proved to be like ambassador cars. The government was likely to abolish these boards in future. The news conference was attended by BJP district president Palle Ganga Reddy and other BJP leaders. Continuing the analogy of outdated Ambassador cars, the BJP MP argued that what was required was a Toyota like latest vehicles. He argued that the farmers were facing problems in getting remunerative prices for coffee, mirchi and tobacco, though separate boards were set up earlier. He said the Union Government would be introducing a latest and innovative type of cluster board, which will assess and control the quantity and quality of crop, link markets, export crop from fields to industries and other places. The cluster board would also provide incentives to the farmers, link them with markets, banks, give subsidized seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. He indicated that the farmers would hear the good news by next Sankranti festival. He said that an empowered committee of ministers led by the Commerce Secretary would coordinate with other ministries to supervise the turmeric purchases, improve exports and supervise the crop price. This committee also had economic power to finance for purchasers, also link cold storages, dry ports, SEZ’s, cargo facilities and airports; provide finance to farm mechanization, he added. He said to give thrust to exports, union government recognized Nizamabad and Jagityal as turmeric export clusters and was encouraging food processing and packaging industry. This scheme’s main aim was to double the income of turmeric farmers. BJP leaders Baswa Lakshmi Narasaiah, Dhanpal Suryanarayana, Armoor assembly constituency in-charge Vinay Reddy and other leaders were present..