Farmers of Bullapura village in Davangere taluk have alleged that cotton crop that they had cultivated in their fields had failed to give any yield owing to substandard seeds supplied by a private company. They have urged the private company and the agro agency that sold the seeds to reimburse their losses. The farmers threatened that they would lay a siege to the office of the seeds company and also the shop of the agency that sold seeds at a cheap rate saying that they would get 20 bales of cotton in one acre of land with one pocket of seeds.

Talking to presspersons here on Thursday, Bullapurada Hanumanthappa, general secretary of the Davangere unit of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, said that farmers who had sown cotton seeds in over 32 acres of lands in Bullapura village did not get not even a single bale of cotton.

Farmers have spent over Rs. 15,000 per acre to cultivate cotton, he said and added that it was now the duty of the seeds company to reimburse the losses of farmers.

To a question, he said the company had postponed giving bills though the farmers had demanded the bills repeatedly. Mr. Hanumanthappa said that the Agriculture Department should be more vigilant and not allow such companies to operate and dupe farmers with tall claims.

The farmers set Monday as the deadline for reimbursement of the losses failing which they would lay a siege to the office of the company and also the agency.