Kolhapur: Anil Abaji Patil, a farmer from the Shirapur village in Solapur district has obtained greater than 500 calls, largely from farmers from throughout the state who subscribe to his demand to permit cultivation of hemp (a wide range of the Hashish sativa that may produce marijuana) on his two-acre farm.
Patil’s farm stays abandoned after he destroyed banana timber in the course of the lockdown final yr. He suffered losses to the tune of round Rs 4 lakh as there was not ample demand for bananas in the course of the lockdown. The farmer needed to dump the banana produce to cattle farmers at a really low value.
Patil informed TOI: “I’ve written to the collector asking for permission to domesticate ganja, as now we have discovered that it’s the solely crop now which fetches some cash. I do know it’s unlawful, however it ought to be legalised. Farmers are forces to destroy their produce within the farms as they aren’t getting a good worth. My neighbour offered his tomatoes simply 50 paise per kg. He too had destroyed the crop and his area stays deserted.”
The 52-year-old farmer lives along with his mom, spouse, two sons, and daughter within the tiny village. He has two extra acres the place he has grown sugar cane. “We nurture the crop for 14 to 16 months, however the mills delay the cost by six months. We now have to outlive by borrowing cash from native moneylenders. I don’t have the cash to even get the puncture of my son’s bicycle repaired,” stated the enraged farmer.
He has sought written permission to domesticate hemp by September 15. If the permission just isn’t given, then Patil will nonetheless begin the cultivation with out bothering in regards to the authorized penalties.
Since he wrote the letter, there was no response from the administration. Patil stated solely farmers are calling him, however no farmers’ chief nor any political chief has referred to as or approached him to date. “I don’t anticipate them to strategy me. I’ve taken the step to demand permission to domesticate hemp with my conscience clear and never beneath any stress. I’m not related to any organisation or celebration,” he stated.