Demand in Mysore district put at 1.3 lakh packets
The Government would ensure supply of cotton seeds to the farmers in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts in the next two days, Mysore district in-charge Minister S.A. Ramdas assured farmers here on Tuesday.
The Minister conducted checks on a few retail seed vendors on Rama Vilas Road here. He told presspersons that seed companies had agreed to release 20 per cent of the demand for 2.3 lakh packets of cotton seeds in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts in the next two days for an additional Rs. 180 a packet.
Mr. Ramdas said confusion had arisen with the seed companies demanding an increase in price. The Centre had sought the opinion of the State Governments in this regard. The Karnataka and Gujarat Governments had agreed to the proposal, but not those of other States, the Minister said. Of the demand for 2.3 lakh packets, Mysore district's demand stood at 1.3 lakh packets.
The State, which buys cotton seeds from Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, had been unable to do so as there was a ban on the sale of seeds outside the State in Andhra Pradesh, and the Maharashtra Government had also imposed restrictions on sale.
However, the Agriculture Minister and others concerned had taken up the issue with the Centre repeatedly since Monday to arrive at a decision, Mr. Ramdas said. Those who had stocks of the seeds in Mysore had started selling them at the old price of Rs. 750 packet from Tuesday, he said, while new stock would be sold for Rs. 180 more a packet.
‘We will apologise'
Regretting the caning of farmers who were agitating at K.R. Circle here on Monday, Mr. Ramdas added, “We will apologise for the incident”.
Farmers had probably become anxious because of the fear that they would not get enough seeds for sowing.
Cotton, which had fetched a remunerative price last year, is in great demand this year. Many farmers in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts had switched to cultivating cotton from less lucrative crops such as maize and sunflower,” he said.