President of Bharatiya Janata Party State unit Prahlad Joshi has urged the government to release Rs. 1,000 crore to compensate the arecanut growers in Shimoga, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Chikmagalur districts who have suffered heavy loss due to the fruit rot disease, known as koleroga.
According to the preliminary estimate, total loss in Shimoga district due to koleroga caused by heavy rain was around Rs. 200 crore. Arecanut growers have suffered similar loss in Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Chikmagalur and Coorg districts also, he said at a meeting organised by the BJP district unit here on Sunday to discuss the problems faced by farmers due to crop loss caused by heavy rain.
He expressed displeasure that the State government had failed to understand the seriousness of the problem faced by the arecanut growers. It was unfortunate that the process of assessment of loss had not been completed so far.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should visit the affected villages, he said.
In some plantations in Uttara Kannada and Shimoga districts, upto 80 per cent of the yield had been destroyed due to koleroga. Arecanut growers were under serious financial crises. The BJP would organise protests in case of a delay in the payment of compensation for the crop loss, he said. Ex-MLA Araga Jnanendra urged the government to promote research activities on controlling koleroga and other diseases affecting the arecanut crop.
He said arecanut growers had been using copper sulphate to prevent the koleroga for the past many years. Research activities on inventing other effective means to control koleroga had not yielded expected results, he said.
Arecanut trees in Hosanagar, Tirthahalli taluks that receive heavy rain were on the verge of destruction due to water-clogging in the plantations. Farmers should spray copper sulphate immediately to protect arecanut trees.
The government should distribute copper sulphate free of cost to the owners whose arecanut plantations had been infected with koleroga, he said.
Ex-Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa, member of Rajya Sabha and president of party district unit Ayanur Manjunath, MLCs M.B. Bhanuprakash, R.K. Siddaramanna, ex-minister B. Nagaraja Shetty were among those present.
Total loss in Shimoga district due to koleroga is Rs. 200 crore In some plantations, 80 per cent of the yield has been destroyed
Total loss in Shimoga district due to koleroga is Rs. 200 crore
In some plantations, 80 per cent of the yield has been destroyed