Staff Correspondent

Support price does not meet cost of cultivation: farmers

  • Farmers' organisations plan to stage `rasta roko' at three places
  • Rs. 800, Rs. 700 and Rs. 500 termed ideal for three grades

    HUBLI: The Agricultural Prices Commission had misled the Government in fixing the minimum support price for onion, Karnataka Rajya Pakshateeta Raita Hitarakshana Kendra Samiti and Pragipara Raita Horata Samiti have alleged.

    B.M. Hanasi and V.S. Kenchanagoudar, presidents of the two organisations respectively, farmers' leaders Manjunath Mudaraddi, B.S. Soppina, and Suresh Mudaraddi alleged that S. Bisalaiah, who headed the commission, had failed to give details of the cost involved in the cultivation of onion.

    They said the price fixed by the Government would not even meet the cost of production. They urged the Government to revise the price.

    Mr. Hanasi said the price of Rs. 800, Rs. 700 and Rs. 500 would be ideal for three grades of onions. In fact, at a meeting convened by Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad, these were the prices arrived at after a prolonged discussion with farmers and agricultural experts, he said.

    Members of the two samitis began indefinite dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Dharwad from October 19 urging for revision of the MSP. Leaders and activists of various political parties and organisations had expressed solidarity with farmers by taking part in the agitation.

    Mr. Hanasi and Mr. Mudaraddi said in continuation of the indefinite dharna, the samitis had decided to hold "rasta roko" simultaneously at three different places in the district on October 25.

    "Rasta roko" would be held at Hebasur Cross on Hubli-Solapur Road, at Harobelavadi on Dharwad-Savadatti Road and at Nalavadi on Hubli-Gadag Road simultaneously, they said.

    They said if the Government failed to respond positively then the samitis would convene a meeting to decide the next course of action. The State Government would be held responsible for any untoward incident, the added.