PANAJI: Bharat Krishak Samaj, a national non-political organisation of farmers has decided to hold its 31st national convention on May 28 and 29 in which 5,000 delegates of farmers will participate to deliberate on ways and means to protect the rights of the farmers.
The executive chairman of the Samaj, Krishan Bir Chaudhary said that the nation was undergoing a critical phase in agricultural sector following the continuance of ``wrong policies by the Union government''. There was a serious threat to food security which if allowed to continue would jeopardise the security of the nation, he cautioned.
He expressed concern over suicide of farmers and the growing costs of agricultural inputs that had put the farmers under great stress. The export of agriculture produce had also registered a downfall by 50 per cent.
The farmers, he said, were not getting the minimum support prices fixed by the government for various crops like wheat, paddy, mustard, soyabean, cotton, rubber, copra, tea, coffee.
``After completion of five years in WTO, the present government is doing the review. The achievement for out country is zero. There is a provision in the GATT agreement that if any country is not satisfied, then the government can submit a notice of six months to the director general, WTO, for withdrawal and India can come out,'' he said.