Special Correspondent

Groundnut to be sown in 5.25 lakh acres for which 5 lakh quintals of pods needed

‘Estimate of seed 40.83 quintals, availability only 34.31 quintals’

KURNOOL: Andhra Pradesh Raithu Sangham leaders have urged the government to create a single window system for distribution of fertilizer, seeds and loans to farmers in the district. Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, the Sangham State leaders P. Ramachandraiah and Jagannatham said the three components were very important for farmers during the agriculture season. Instead of making the farmer run from pillar to post, the administration should create a single platform for farmers to receive all help extended by the government.

Passbooks

Mr. Ramachandraiah drew the attention of the bankers to the issue that they should return the passbooks collected for loan waiver scheme because the farmers need the passbooks for other purposes now. He said the shortage of groundnut seed was likely to crop up during the current season in the district. According to him, the crop would be sown in 5.25 lakh acres in the district requiring over five lakh quintals of groundnut pods.

He said the government estimated the total seed requirement in the State at 40.83 lakh quintals but the availability was only 34.31 lakh quintals. The government subsidy programme covered only 50 per cent of it.

Mr. Ramachandraiah urged the government to take urgent steps to check marketing of spurious seed in the wake of short supply. He said the pitfalls in the Seed Act be rectified in the larger interests of farmers. Also, the farmers should be trained to produce their own seed.

The Raithu Sangham plans a State-level workshop on seed and agriculture issues at Srisailam on June 8, 9 and 10. Also, a district level round table meet would be held here on May 29.