The State government should ensure that farmers get at least 50 per cent of the profit on their produce as per the recommendations of the Justice Swaminathan Committee.
The farmers from the district discussed their problems at a meeting organised under the aegis of the AP Rythu Sangham at Chodavaram in the district on Thursday. Telugu Desam leader Adari Kishore Kumar spoke about the black caterpillar disease, which had resulted in the destruction of coconut plantations in 5000 acres at Anakapalle. He appealed to the government to rescue the farmers.
Commenting on the plight of farmers, Mr. Kishore Kumar said that farmers were no longer interested in their sons taking up farming. They were sending them to the city for jobs. The situation has come to such a stage that no farmer was willing to give his daughter in marriage to a farmer.