Gujarat ginners to meet Kamal Nath

Written by Commodities Bureau | Vadodara | Updated: Nov 27 2008, 08:58am hrs
With no visible possibility of rollback of hike in the cotton MSP, the agitating ginners have now decided to knock the doors of the commerce ministry for their demands of relaxation in exports.

According to the president of Gujarat Ginners Association, Saurin Parikh, the ginners have decided to their strategy and send a delegation of ginners to meet the Union commerce minister, Kamal Nath.

As no relief came from the Union textile minister Shankersinh Vaghela concerning revision in the cotton MSP, state ginners have been left with no option but to seek assistance from the commerce minister, he said.

Making it clear that the ginners did not have any objection to raising MSP in the interest of the farmers, Parikh also emphasised that the interests of the ginners should also be protected in view of the fact that ginners were also stakeholders in the cotton economy.

He further mentioned that given the high MSP of cotton if the market price too increases at par, there would not be disparity in prices, which would take care of ginners interests as well. The international cotton prices are lower than the domestic market price. Ginners are seeking government assistance in export promotion by way of export duty drawback scheme and several others, which would help ginners to make viable exports.