‘Farmers are in distress since August’

The State unit of the Rashtriya Kissan Sangha has criticised the government’s decision to reduce the procurement price for milk in some districts.

Sangha State president P. Rama Reddy told presspersons here on Saturday that while in Kolar, Ramanagaram and Chickballapur districts, the milk procurement price had been reduced by Rs. 1.50 from Rs. 21, in Udupi and Shimoga districts, it had been reduced from Rs. 19 to Rs. 17.50.

Mr. Reddy said farmers had been in distress ever since the two rupee subsidy had been stopped in August.

The sand mafia and brick kiln unit owners had dug up the banks of tanks and taken out soil.

He demanded levelling of all such tanks to store rain water so that it could be utilised for farming.

Mr. Reddy suggested that a distress sharing formula should be evolved to solve the Cauvery water crisis.


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