Staff Correspondent

They are in a hurry to buy seeds before they face any shortage

Belgaum: The Raitha Samparka Kendras in the district are flooded with large number of farmers wanting to buy seeds for the kharif season.

With signs of monsoon showers looming large over the district, the farmers are apparently in hurry to buy the required quantity of seeds before they face any shortage or delay in supply of certified seeds at subsidised rates.

A large number of farmers were seen standing in long queues in front of kendras all over the district since morning and till late evening, particularly at the one in Shetty Galli near Central Bus Stand, Belgaum. Farmers from nearby villages continued to throng the Kendra to collect paddy and soyabean seeds being distributed there.

There are 35 raitha samparka kendras in the district. Deputy Commissioner J. Ravishankar has advised officials of the Agriculture Department to open more such centres if needed. He warned that only genuine and certified seeds should be supplied through kendras. In view of the losses suffered by growers of potato and other vegetable crops during last few years, the Agriculture Department has advised farmers against taking up potato cultivation as replacement to chilly, tomato, brinjal and tobacco.

The farmers have been advised to use only certified seeds supplied by national and state seeds corporations or those supplied by co-operative societies.