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SEEDS OF HOPE: Farmers sowing seed-potato in Hassan on Friday.
SEEDS OF HOPE: Farmers sowing seed-potato in Hassan on Friday.

Shama Sundar

10,000 tonnes of fertilizers arrive for the district

Stock of seed-potato sufficient, say officials

Potato grown in 40,000 hectares of land

HASSAN: With the onset of monsoons, sowing has begun in Hassan district. According to Joint Director of Agriculture Mahesh Gowda, Hassan is best suited for potato cultivation. Potato is grown in 40,000 hectares of land.

The requirement of seed-potato is 10.5 lakh packets (each packet weighs 50 kg).

These seed-potato arrived from Punjab and Haryana in April and were kept in cold storage in APMC Yard.

Wide choice

Mr. Chandrasekhar, who is a dealer in seed-potato, said Kiran Farm variety of seed-potato cost Rs. 1,300 a packet.

Pepsi Company, who produces a leading brand of potato chips, had produced 15:33 Pepsi seed-potato that cost Rs. 2,300 to Rs. 2,500 a packet (this potato is used exclusively for making chips that are exported),

Atlanta variety cost Rs. 1,800 to Rs. 2,000 also for preparing chips.

There are other varieties - 2 2 2, S1, Washa, WB brand and Agra brand.

Most farmers prefer Jyothi variety that cost Rs. 1,100 to Rs. 1,200.

Zilla panchayat chief executive officer Shankarnarayana told The Hindu here on Friday that there was no dearth of fertilizers.

No shortage

He said 10,000 tonnes of fertilizers had arrived and this was being distributed among farmers in Hassan.

With the arrival of fertilizers, farmers too had withdrawn their indefinite dharna which they began on Tuesday in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The dharna was called off on Thursday.

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