Staff Correspondent

Stage dharna in Davangere seeking action

The crop is being grown on 1,75,656 hectares

of land

6,90,000 tonnes of maize is expected

to be produced

DAVANGERE: A large number of farmers affiliated to the farmers’ wing of the Janata Dal (Secular) staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Saturday protesting against the inordinate delay in maize procurement.

Raise slogans

Led by H.S. Shivashankar, president of the Davangere unit of the Janata Dal (S), and Koolenahalli Sathish, former president of the Davangere APMC, they raised slogans against the Government for not making comprehensive arrangements to purchase maize.

Addressing the farmers, Mr. Sathish said the district administration had written to the Union Government some time ago stating that maize had been grown on 1,75,656 hectares of land, and over 6,90,000 tonnes of the produce was expected to be harvested. But the district administration had failed to make preparations to purchase the maize although it had assessed the expected yield, he said. Not even 40 per cent of the crop harvested had been procured so far owing to lack of warehouses and staff. Mr. Sathish said he feared a serious law and order problem developing owing to agitations by farmers in the coming days if steps were not taken to purchase the crop.

He alleged that farmers were not being paid for the produce sold by them at the procurement centres and wondered whether the Government had released money for the purpose.

Farmer leaders B. Nageshwara Rao, T. Dasakariyappa, K. Chandrappa, M.N. Chandrashekar, H.S. Chandrashekar and A.H. Kotrappa were present.