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They press for CCI intervention and liberal compensation

Rain effect:APRS Prakasam District Secretary N.Ranga Rao showing chilli plant damaged by Nilam cyclone in Ongole on Saturday.— Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
Rain effect:APRS Prakasam District Secretary N.Ranga Rao showing chilli plant damaged by Nilam cyclone in Ongole on Saturday.— Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

The Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangham on Saturday announced stir here on Monday in protest against delay and under-estimation of crop loss without field visits by officials at the grassroots.

A team of APRS led by its District Secretary N. Ranga Rao after extensive visits to farms in the affected areas in Inkollu, Parchur, Yaddanapudi, Nagulapupadu, Martur and Madipaddu told reporters here that investing about Rs. 300 crore farmers had lost their crops in over one lakh acres to heavy rains in the wake of Nilam cyclone.

The loss enumeration was done in an unscientific manner and the tenant farmers who were the worst-hit, had been left out, they alleged.

APRS District president P. Venkata Rao said the State Government should impress upon the Centre to direct the Cotton Corporation of India to open its purchase centres at Parchur, Martur, Markapur and Donakonda in the district. Traders were out to grab whatever little Cotton plucked from fields at as low as Rs. 2000 per quintal as the CCI had withdrawn from the market on the pretext of “high moisture content” in the produce.

The input subsidy of Rs. 2,400 per acre was too meagre, APRS Assistant Secretary D. Gopinath said. The compensation for crop loss should be at least Rs.10,000 per acre as recommended by the Hooda Committee.

Cotton growers deserved Rs. 20,000 per acre as compensation as they had lost the ready-to-pluck crop to the rains.

Though premium towards insurance had been cut at the time of sanctioning of crop loan by banks, none of the insurance firms’ officials had turned up to farms to access the crop loss so far, they lamented.

Cotton accounted for 50 per cent of the crop loss in 50,000 acres followed by horticultural crops including chillies and Blackgram in more than 10,000 acres each. They pressed for release of Krishna waters from the Nagarjunasagar for farmers in the district to raise irrigated dry crop during Rabi.

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