Kisan Morcha State Chairman of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), GK Nagaraj demanded immediate action to reopen Thudiyalur Agricultural Cooperative Society (TUCAS) and wrote a letter to Chief Minister MK Stalin in this regard .
Mr. Nagaraj claimed that the office of the Joint Director of Agriculture in Coimbatore had issued an order to shut down TUCAS, thus affecting the 20,000 tonnes of fertilizer that had been produced by TUCAS so far. The order cleverly cites a Union government order as the basis for shutting down TUCAS. This initiative aims to promote private companies manufacturing agricultural inputs.
TUCAS, founded in 1955, had sold agricultural inputs worth ₹324.7 crore in 2021-22 and planned to raise the target to ₹450 crore. On behalf of Asoka, TUCAS had provided agricultural inputs to 500 cooperative societies, thereby benefiting 10 lakh farmers in the region. During inspections by central government agencies, 33.99 tons of super phosphate that was in the custody of TUCAS was found to be of good quality.
At this point, citing a Union government order, the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to shut down TUCAS would only pave the way for private agri-input companies to thrive in the state. The State should enlighten the Union Government on the services rendered by TUCAS and allow TUCAS to operate as usual. In case of further delay in reopening TUCAS, BJP’s Kisan Morcha would rally farmers in the area and organize a commotion.