Special Correspondent

CPI, farmers to obstruct ‘Indiramma Sambaralu’

KADAPA: The farmers staged a dharna on NH-18 at Chennur on Monday alleging that the sunflower seeds being supplied by the State government were sub-standard. They demanded distribution of seeds of Sunbred, Kargil and J.K. varieties. Mandal Agriculture Officer Lalitha assured to resolve their problem within three days by apprising authorities.

Meanwhile, the CPI functionaries and farmers plan to obstruct ‘Indiramma Sambaralu’ in Veerapunayunipalle mandal on October 23 protesting against distribution of sunflower seeds that did not germinate.

Recalling the district Collector’s assurance in a recent all-party meeting that 32 sunflower seed varieties were identified and that the Government would compensate for any crop loss, CPI district secretary G. Obulesu said farmers of Veerapunayunipalle were supplied 2,000 packets of Nimghar variety sunflower seeds, which failed to take root. Farmers who were hard-hit by loss of groundnut cropwere aghast at the non-germination of Nimghar seeds, he lamented.

Sunbred variety which came to the district was sold away illegally by dealers due to official apathy, the CPI leader alleged.

He demanded the Government compensate farmers with seed costs and expenditure on sowing operations. Eighty tonnes of DAP supplied in VN Palle was inadequate, he said and sought allotment of 100 more tonnes.

While the mandal required 1,200 quintals of Bengal gram seed, only 500 quintals were distributed so far and 300 farmers who were issued coupons were awaiting anxiously for supplies, he asserted.