FARM FO­CUS

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Ht Himachal Poll Primer -

Agri­cul­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture crop grow­ers await­ing mar­ket pol­icy. De­spite schemes, ap­ple grow­ers not get­ting ad­e­quate price for crop.

BJP: State govern­ment de­lib­er­ately blocked funds and cen­tral govern­ment schemes for farm­ers.

Con­gress: Prime Min­is­ter promised to en­hance im­port duty on ap­ple to safe­guard in­ter­est of do­mes­tic grow­ers but is now ask­ing states to share bur­den of ex­penses on dou­bling farmer in­come.

CPM: Farmer is­sues are not a pri­or­ity for ei­ther the Con­gress or the BJP govern­ment.

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