Minister’s draws flak for crop loss remark

The Opposition took Minister for Horticulture Shamanur Shivashankarappa to task in the Legislative Council on Tuesday for his reply on crop loss of potato growers in Hassan district. During Question Hour, Mr. Shivashankarappa replied that the crop loss was due to unscientific sowing methods adopted by farmers. This angered Janata Dal (Secular) member Patel Shivaram, who said farmers had been growing potato for years and the Minister need not doubt their sowing knowledge. The crop loss was solely due to substandard seeds supplied by the government, Mr. Shivaram said, and demanded suitable compensation. The Minister said the government would consider the request.

— Special Correspondent