Staff Correspondent

Conduct survey to assess the damage to the crop in the State: KRRS

MYSORE: Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) has urged the Tobacco Board and the Government to conduct a survey to assess the damage to tobacco crop in the State and provide compensation to farmers.

Addressing a press conference in Mysore on Tuesday, KRRS president K.S. Puttannaiah said that the mite attack on tobacco crop in Mysore district highlighted the need to set up permanent fund to tackle such agriculture-related calamities.

He urged the Government to initiate measures for a permanent solution rather than taking recourse to ad-hoc packages. He threatened to launch an agitation if the Government does not come to aid of tobacco farmers.

The Government should immediately carry out a survey along with Tobacco Board and provide suitable compensation, he said. Tobacco industry sources said that a recent survey showed that the disease, "fusarium wilt," had affected 2 to 3 per cent of the crop in Mysore, particularly in Periyapatna taluk. Javare Gowda, president of FCV Tobacco Growers Association, told The Hindu that the board meeting to be held in Hyderabad was expected to discuss the mite attack.