‘Crops at yielding stage wither due to non-availability of power during strike'
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) district unit leaders have asked the government to provide compensation to farmers who have lost their precious crops due to the withering following the non-availability of power supply to the farm sector during the general strike period in the district.
The TDP team led by its district president and legislator Ch. Vijayaramana Rao, legislators —Suddala Devaiah and Gangula Kamalakar — and others visited villages of Manakondur and Choppadandi Assembly segments on Thursday where the crops had withered. Later, the team had also met Collector Smita Sabharwal and submitted a memorandum urging her to take necessary measures to provide suitable compensation to the farmers affected by the power cuts.
Talking to newsmen, Mr. Viyayaramana Rao said that the farmers had lost their crops which were at the stage of yielding. Though, the district had received normal rainfall resulting in increased groundwater table and rise in water level at all irrigation wells, the farmers could not utilise the water for cultivation due to the power cuts, he said.
The farmers had cultivated paddy, cotton, maize and other crops in over 5.5 lakh hectares during this kharif, he said and added that the fully grown crops had been withered due to non-availability of power supply to protect them by watering.
State held responsible
Alleging that the government was responsible for the withering of crops by not supplying power to the farm sector, he ridiculed the government's claim that they were unable to supply power due to strike by coal workers. He said that the power supply was erratic even after coal workers called off their strike.
Quoting instances of farmers of losing their crops in spite of groundwater availability, he demanded that the government provide a compensation of Rs. 5,000 per acre for the paddy crop, Rs. 6,000 per acre for cotton and Rs. 4,000 per acre for maize crop.
He also blamed Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu and Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar for failing to ensure adequate power to the farm sector to protect the standing crops from withering. He also flayed the Congress' elected representatives for not consoling the patients suffering from dengue fever in the district.