Hanubalu Hobli Growers’ Association has urged the Agriculture Department to take stern action against those supplying substandard fertiliser and duping farmers.
The association has also demanded that the government provide compensation to farmers who suffered losses by procuring substandard fertiliser from Hanubalu Prathamika Krushi Pattina Sahakara Sangha, a government-recognised agency.
H.B. Bhaskar, president of the association, told journalists here on Tuesday, that an official of the sangha was arrested by the police for supplying substandard potash (potassium chloride).
“Hundreds of farmers purchased potassium chloride from the sangha and used them hoping that it will increase the crop yield. They, however, suffered losses,” he said.
He demanded that officers of the Agriculture Department visit godowns regularly and initiate measures to ensure that farmers get quality fertiliser. The association also demanded that the government bring in a law to penalise those who cheat farmers.