Hyderabad: Minister T. Harish Rao on Sunday conveyed the concerns of farmers over the Centre’s decision to demonetise high-value currency notes, and the curbs imposed on withdrawal of cash, and requested it to take immediate steps to help them overcome their difficulties.
Mr Harish Rao, the minister for marketing and irrigation, said that due to regulations imposed on withdrawal of money, many traders had stopped buying the produce from farmers who had come to market yards across the Telangana state with their produce.
He said farmers normally sell their produce and invest the money for raising the new crops. Due to regulations on money withdrawals imposed on November 8, traders across the state had stopped buying the produce, thereby causing immense hardships to the farmers.
Mr Harish Rao suggested to the Centre that all the agricultural produce be purchased by Central government agencies by opening more buying points at all market yards.
The minister also appealed to the Centre to enhance the withdrawal limit for farmers and traders so that at least some of the hardships they are facing can be mitigated.