The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) has warned of staging an indefinite agitation on the Deputy Commissioner's office premises if the district administration fails to convene a meeting of farmers within two days to discuss the shortage of fertilizer.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, Chamarasa Malipatil, vice-president of the State unit of the sangha, said that the majority of farmers in the district had completed sowing of kharif crops, but they faced problems in procuring fertilizer.

He said the Agriculture Department here claimed that there was no shortage of fertilizer.

But farmers were not getting DAP, urea and potash owing to hoarding by dealers, he said and alleged that some farmers were getting fertilizer after paying more to the dealers. Mr. Malipatil demanded that the district administration call a joint meeting of farmers, officials of the department concerned, fertilizer dealers and members of the agriculture cooperative societies to discuss the procurement and availability of fertilizer for the kharif season.

Mr. Malipatil said that water was let into the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal and the demand for fertilizer in the district would go up in the coming months.

KRRS warns of staging an indefinite agitation