Centre urged to keep tabs on cost of farm inputs

The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha has taken exception to frequent hikes in the price of fertilizers over the last one and a half years.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Huchchavvanahalli Manjunath, general secretary of the KRRS, said that the price of fertilizer, which was Rs. 860 a quintal about one and a half years ago, had increased to Rs. 2,300 a quintal. However, prices of agricultural produce had more or less remained stable for the past four years.

Earlier, the Union government controlled the prices of fertilizers, and a committee under the chairmanship of the Union Minister for Agriculture, used to decide the prices of fertilizers each year. But now the government had deregulated prices, he said and urged the government to keep a tab on the prices of fertilizers, seeds and other agricultural inputs.

Farmers were also suffering because of drought this year. Several banks, instead of extending the time for repayment of loans availed for purchase of tractors, had issued notices to over 500 farmers in the district directing them to repay the loans. Otherwise the tractors would be seized. He said that farmers would repay the loans only after the harvest this year and banks should wait till then. If banks went ahead with the confiscation of tractors, then farmers would stage a dharna in front of that banks and would not allow them to function, he warned.

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