Special Correspondent

KURNOOL: The Standing Committee of Zilla Parishad which met here on Saturday decided to represent to the government seeking the help for groundnut growers, who suffered the enormous crop loss. The meeting which was presided by ZP Chairman L. Venkataswamy was attended by MLAs M.A. Gafoor, Erasu Pratap Reddy and Katasani Rambhupal Reddy and other members. The meeting expressed concern over the poor yield of groundnut crop this year due to erratic rainfall. According to agriculture officials, the yield is likely to fall drastically on account of excessive rains. According to reports, the groundnut crop required a brief dry spell in the initial weeks of the crop.

However, this year the first rainfall was received at the end of July when the crop was sown. After that there was no let up in the rain. The excessive rain caused steep growth of foliage which affected peg formation. Joint Director Ravinder Reddy told The Hindu that the department could not commit on the size of the crop loss until the results of crop cutting experiments were available. A team of scientists also visited Dhone and Pathikonda areas.