New Delhi: Taking a serious note of the spurt in farmers suicides across the country, the Rajya Sabha members on Thursday sought a week-long session to discuss the dismal condition of agriculture sector and solutions to overcome the problems, which have put the farm workers on tenterhooks.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Venkaiah Naidu kick-started discussion on the issues related with farm sector. Laying thrust on the inter-ministerial cooperation to frame policies for agriculture sector, Naidu said Union Ministry of Agriculture alone cannot combat the problems. Therefore, other ministries should come together under one roof to find measures for bettering the situation of farmers.

 “Farm sector has been constantly in financial distress due to growing difference between the cost of agricultural produce and its market price, due to which as many as 1500 farmers committed suicide in Bundelkhand,” he added.

“Despite several assurances given by the ruling dispensation, the families of the victims were not provided any relief package or monetary support,” Naidu said.

Notably, due to spike in prices of fertilizer, seeds, irrigation, electricity, diesel, pesticides and labour charge the overall cost of cultivation has also increased.

Insisting on special session of the Parliament for in-depth discussion, another Rajya Sabha member and Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said that considering pathetic plight of farmers, there should not be politics on agriculture issues.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Prof Ramgopal Yadav pointed out that Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is a big challenge for the farm sector. Majority of the RS members chipped in with their suggestions that work under MNREGS scheme should be put on hold during the farming season.

JPN/Bureau