A vast majority of them depend on MFIs for crop loans: official
Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah on Thursday sought views of various sections of people including revenue, farmers' representatives and the Bar Council members following the government decision to issue loan eligibility cards to tenant farmers.
At a meeting with them, the Collector pointed out that tenant farmers have not been receiving crop loans from banks and also compensation for crops damaged due to natural calamities. Following the government proposal to issue loan eligibility cards to tenant farmers it was decided to elicit opinions of a cross section of people and submit their views to the government for action.
No clear data
Joint Collector H. Arun Kumar said 53 per cent of the population in the district does not have landholdings and there was no clear data of tenant farmers cultivating lands.
However, according to rough estimates some 68,000 tenant farmers are there and they have been depending on micro finance institutions for crop loans.
M. Suryanarayana, district secretary of A.P. Rythu Sangham, while welcoming the government proposal, said in the absence of an agreement between land holder and tenant farmer the legislation on land tenancy was not being strictly implemented.
Tenant farmers must be extended crop loans, he said. District Bar Association president Srinadh said identification of tenant farmers must be done at gram sabhas and the loan eligibility cards must have details like land survey number and extent of land a tenant farmer is cultivating. Appala Swamy, a farmer from Gajapathinagaram, said the government itself should directly extend crop loan facility to tenant farmers rather than through banks. He also sought supply of seed and fertilizers on subsidy.
Assistant Director (Agriculture) Sanyasi Naidu suggested formation of joint liability groups with tenant farmers for the loan facility. District Revenue Officer Y. Narasimha Rao, District Lead Bank Manager B.G.K. Acharyulu and others were present.