Bangladesh Krishak Samity has called for intensified protests on May 23 if demands are not met
Bangladesh Krishak Samity has demanded they be allowed to charge profitable prices for paddy.
Farmers from rural areas made the demand at a protest in front of the National Press Club on Friday.
They also demanded the government open procurement centres—at the union level—to buy paddy directly from farmers.
If the demands of the farmers' organization were to not be met, the platform threatened intensified protests on May 23.
Sazzad Jahir Chandan, general secretary of Bangladesh Krishak Samity, said: “The farmers will hold a sit-in—in front of deputy commissioners’ offices in all the districts—on May 23, to press home their demands”.
The platform leaders believe that if farmers survive, Bangladesh will live.
Save the farmers, and save the country, they said.
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"The government must procure paddy directly from farmers; through the establishment of government purchase centres at the union level. They also must reduce the prices of agricultural imports," said SM Sabur, president of the Krishak Samity.
Other leaders of the platform echoed the demands, saying the Krishak Samity has long been saying this but the government has not paid their words any heed.
They also alleged that many farmers have become farm labourers, losing their land due to the wrong government policies. In this regard the government should take the necessary steps—as early as possible—to save farmers.
They added that the crisis of the peasant is the crisis of the entire population, and some people are involved in the decline in paddy prices. The public and the country will experience a severe crisis due to the agrarian crisis, the leaders said.
Therefore, the farmers and the production system must be protected by preventing the decline of paddy prices, at any cost, they demanded.