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State asks centre to lift ban on cotton exports

The State Government on Wednesday appealed to the Centre to lift ban on the export of cotton.

Speaking on the issue in the State Legislative Assembly, Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshmi Narayana said that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has already written a letter to Prime Minsiter Dr Manmohan Singh and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on the issue.

The minister informed that the State produces about 3.45 crore cotton balls per annum. Of this, about 2.45 crore gets utilised in the State while farmers used to export about 90 lakh cotton balls. Admitting that the ban was affecting the livelihood of cotton farmers in the State, he asked the Centre to lift the ban.

Earlier, TDP MLAs gave an adjournment motion on the issue soon after the House met at 9 am and demanded discussion. However, Speaker Nadendla Manohar disallowed the motion while permitting the minster to make a brief statement on the issue. Not convinced with the minister’s reply, the TDP members rushed to the podium and raised slogans against the government. Following uproar, the Speaker adjourned the House for half-an-hour.

The Speaker has also disallowed adjournment motions given by CPI on hike in drinking water tariff and BJP on property tax in urban areas. (INN)

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