Special Correspondent

KURNOOL: Farmers’ organisations observed a bandh at Nandyal on Wednesday urging the government to enhance compensation to farmers who suffered loss in the flood.

The Left parties and their front organisations supported the bandh which was sponsored by farmers from Nandikotkur, Nandyal, Allagadda and Atamakur areas.

The farmers demanded an ex gratia of Rs. 15,000 per acre instead of Rs 4,500 per hectare announced by the government.

The farmers said the meagre amount offered by the government as compensation would no way help the farmers who suffered extensive damage.

They said the farmers invested huge money on seeds, labour, fertilizers and chemicals, apart from paying the land rent in case of tenant farmers. The investment was heavy for crops like sugarcane, paddy, maize and cotton.

The farmers demanded a crop-wise package suitable to different crops. Srinivasa Reddy, president of Flood-affected Farmers Association who spearheaded the movement and the Left leaders detained a train for 15 minutes to register their protest.