Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Ryotu Sangham (APRS) has expressed concern at the adverse seasonal conditions and said the less-than-average rainfall across the State was playing havoc with the already stressed-out lives of poor small and marginal farmers.

At a press conference here on Thursday, APRS president K. Ramakrishna regretted that at a time when government should have put a contingency khariff plan into effect, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was going on and on about cooperative farming.

With low rainfall, only the Dowleswaram Barrage at the tail-end of the Godavari received some water. In all the other projects on this river, water levels were less than dead storage. Likewise, most tanks in an already backward Telangana region were almost dry, he said.

Thus, sowings had been drastically affected all over the State in general. The situation was pathetic in Rayalaseema and Telangana regions, Mr. Ramakrishna said.