Hyderabad, Jan 06 (Agencies): Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday alleged that both state as well as the Centre have failed to take adequate steps to mitigate the woes of farmers who incurred heavy losses due to untimely rains in Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking to reporters here Naidu said, "Neither central nor state governments have taken adequate steps so far to extend help to distressed farmers in affected districts of the state which is an indication of its anti-farmers policies."

Naidu claimed that over 300 farmers have committed suicides since last month after crop damage in untimely rains and failure to get any financial help from the government.

"The UPA and the state government have been neglecting farmers as they are not united," he alleged.

He said that Congress will have to pay a heavy price for its anti-farmer policy.

Inspite of announcements, Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state civil supplies departments have not set up adequate centres for purchasing of discoloured paddy. The farmers issue would be discussed in the party's national executive meeting to be held in Guwahati from January 8, he said.