New Delhi:  Opposition on Wednesday attacked the government in the Lok Sabha for neglecting issues related to storage of crops, alleging that it was not even providing gunny bags to farmers to store their produce.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj hit out at the government for not providing gunny bags to farmers in her constituency Vidisha and other parts of Madhya Pradesh. This has endangered the wheat crop harvested recently, she said.

Raising the matter during Zero Hour, Swaraj said Vidisha is famous in the world for growing "sharbati" wheat. While last year the wheat production was 50 lakh tonnes, the yield expected this year is 80 lakh tonnes.

 Swaraj said the government neither providing sacks nor permitting farmers to use old gunny bags or plastic sacks.

"Madhya Pradesh demanded 2.79 lakh gunny bags and has even made advance payment for it," she said.
The Opposition accused the government of faltering whenever farmers needed their help. "When fertilisers were required the government did not provide it. When godowns are needed, they are not available and now they are not allowed to use even old gunny bags," Swaraj said.

Crops worth Rs 98,000 crore rot every year due to the government's apathy, she alleged.

JD(U) member and NDA convenor Sharad Yadav said there is a crop storage problem throughout the country and this would lead to mass damage of foodgrains.

Harsimrat Kaur (SAD) and Rajnath Singh (BJP) had earlier raised the issue of rotting of crops due to lack of godowns and storage space.