A large number of farmers on Saturday staged a demonstration in Harihar demanding that the Government announce support price for paddy and set up procurement centres in the district. They blocked National Highway 4 for more than an hour.

Rudrumuni, one of the leaders of the protest, said that the Davangere District Paddy Growers' Welfare Association and the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha would observe Harihar bandh on Monday to urge the Government to announce a support price of Rs. 1,530 for a quintal for paddy as recommended by the Agriculture Department.

Motorcycle rally

Farmers would take out a motorcycle rally in Harihar on Sunday seeking the support of traders and businessmen for the bandh.

Cost

Mr. Rudrumuni said that cost of paddy cultivation had increased enormously. If farmers were to sell the produce at the prevailing market price, they would be losing around Rs. 500 a quintal. Most of the farmers could not sustain this huge loss, he said.

Incentives

In many other States, governments were not only announcing support price but also providing some incentives to farmers whenever there was a sharp fall in the price of agricultural produce, he said.

Mr. Rudramuni accused the Union and the State governments of not coming to the rescue of farmers, who were in distress owing to steep fall in the price of paddy.

The farmers had decided to launch a Bangalore Chalo on June 2, he said and added that thousands of paddy growers from Davangere would participate in it.

Farmer leaders H. Anjinappa, Nagaraj, Somana Gowdru and Shambulingappa were present.


  • Government urged to announce Rs. 1,530

    a quintal as support price for paddy

  • Union and State governments accused of not coming to rescue farmers


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