The eight-member delegation is to visit Tel Aviv for four days from April 27. It is led by the agriculture minister and includes his personal secretary, besides other officials. The government's order, however, says it is a "visit to Israel by certain officers and progressive farmers" attending the International Agriculture Exhibition.
The legislators say it is not wrong to be designated as farmers, since they do own agricultural land and can understand and choose the best technology for farmers in their constituencies. The argument doesn't wash, says the opposition.
"Why haven't real farmer been sent? Or even experts? The delegation only has TRS (the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti) leaders who haven't had the chance to visit any foreign country," said Konagala Mahesh, a Telangana Congress leader.
He accused the state government of brazenly misusing public funds.
Over 700 farmers have killed themselves since June last year, when Telangana was born out of Andhra Pradesh and a new TRS government took power in India's newest state.
The farmers say the crisis was exacerbated by the promise of a loan waiver; they got no institutional loan and had to borrow at very high prices.
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