The CPI(M)-led Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangam on Sunday urged the State government to declare 32 mandals in the western parts of Prakasam district as drought-hit.

The APRS also wanted the State government to supply seeds to farmers for Rabi crop on 50 per cent subsidy, instead of the proposed pilot scheme to transfer cash to peasants.

Farmers would not accept reduction in subsidy component to 33 per cent of the cost of seeds, APRS District Secretary N. Ranga Rao told reporters here.

Western parts of the district had received only 322 mm rainfall as against the normal rainfall of 788 mm.

As a result, farmers could raise crops only in 2.20 lakh acres as against the normal extent of 5.60 lakh acres during the kharif season, he said.

The farmers were in trouble as kharif crops had withered in most parts.

Hence the Government should declare drought and provide compensation to ryots, he added.

Opposing the pilot cash transfer scheme to be implemented in the district during rabi, he alleged that the Government was trying to shirk its responsibility of providing farmers quality seeds.