Staff Correspondent

Steps being taken to supply fertilizers to farmers

57,192 tonnes of fertilizers will be supplied to Kodagu in the current season

Representatives of VSSSNs told to avail of financial help from KDCC Bank

Madikeri: An extent of 1,56,816 hectares of land will be covered under plantation and agriculture crops, mainly coffee and paddy, in Kodagu this season, it was revealed at a meeting held here on Saturday to take stock of agriculture activities and supply of fertilizers.

The meeting was presided over by Deputy Commissioner M.K. Baladevakrishna, according to an official press release.

Joint Director of Agriculture K.R. Krishnayya said that the State Agriculture Commissioner had given the nod for supplying 57,192 tonnes of fertilizers to Kodagu in the current season, as against the demand of 68,775 tonnes.

Quantum of fertilizer was being decided based on the extent of area under agriculture and availability of the commodity, Mr. Krishnayya said. As much as 5,254 tonnes of fertilizer was supplied to farmers in February and March, which was drawn from the Karnataka State Cooperative Marketing Federation. Fertilizer was sold to farmers through cooperative societies and retailers.

Short supply

However, Mr. Krishnayya said that fertilizer manufactured by a particular company could not be supplied to farmers based on their request owing to short supply. Farmers had been asked to avail of alternative fertilizers and efforts were on to meet their requirements, he added.

In-charge president of Kodagu Zilla Panchayat S.N. Raja Rao called upon officials to ensure proper supply of fertilizers, irrespective of whether one borrowed loans or not from cooperative societies or did not possess RTCs. There should be no malpractice in the sale of fertilizers, Mr. Rao said. All concerned should safeguard the interests of farmers, he added.

Advice

Mr. Baladevakrishna called upon Mr. Krishnayya to convene such meetings to discuss problems of farmers with regard to supply of seeds and fertilizers and loans from banks at least once in three months. It should involve farmers, farmers’ organisations, bankers and government officials, he added.

President of the zilla panchayat standing committee on agriculture M.K. Nanjappa told Vyavasaya Seva Sahakara Sangha Niyamita (VSSSN) representatives to avail of financial help from Kodagu District Cooperative Central (KDCC) Bank and supply fertilizers to farmers. Mr. Nanjappa said that adequate tests should be carried out to ensure the fertilizer quality met the standards.

VSSSN representatives narrated their woes regarding transport of fertilizers. Managing Director of the KDCC Bank A.C. Divakar said that the bank had provided guarantee to many cooperative societies to buy and supply fertilizers. The bank could give loans without interest for such societies or could reimburse the bills, he added.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Chikkathimmaiah, Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies Zafrulla Khan, Deputy Director of Horticulture Shaqeel Ahmad, presidents of VSSSNs and gram panchayats, farmer representatives and officials from fertilizer companies were present.

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