Alappuzha: The Minister for Fisheries, Culture & Youth Affairs, Saji Cherian, has faced criticism for his recent remarks expressing displeasure towards farmers. Despising farmers the minister questioned what would happen without agriculture and asserted that as long as there is rice in Tamil Nadu, Kerala will not experience famine.
“What happens without agriculture? As long as there is rice in Tamil Nadu, there will be no famine in Kerala”, the Minister said. He further stated that there are no existing problems in Kerala.
These remarks were made during the inauguration of the infrastructure construction of the bund in Mukkamwala, Mannar. Minister Cherian’s comments coincided with the panchayat president highlighting the farmers’ predicament, noting that farming in the area could cease if the Ilampanam canal work is not initiated soon.
“The state government is spending crores of rupees on farmers and the farmers should cooperate with it”, the minister said. Agriculture Minister P. Prasad, who spoke later, did not acknowledge or address these comments.