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‘Spurious seeds cause of farmers' woes'

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Meet: President H.C.Basavarajappa presiding over the Karnataka Development Programme meeting in Shimoga on Thursday.
Meet: President H.C.Basavarajappa presiding over the Karnataka Development Programme meeting in Shimoga on Thursday.

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SHIMOGA: Distribution of spurious seeds, in collusion with some seed manufacturing companies, resulted in loss to famers, president of the zilla panchayat H.C. Basavarajappa has said.

He was presiding over the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) review meeting here on Thursday. Mr. Basavarajappa instructed officials to prepare a list of beneficiaries under the Vidarbha Package.

High price

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Ashokmurthy, pointed out that the Karnataka Seeds Corporation was selling seeds to farmers at a higher price and wanted it to be checked.

District manager of the Karnataka Seeds Corporation said that processing and packing made the rise in sale price inevitable.

Mr. Ashokmurthy said it was unfair to ask farmers to bear the additional cost and suggested that the additional expenditure be borne from government grants.

Chairman of the Health and Education Standing Committee B.R. Jayanth pointed out that progress of schemes of Ambedkar Development Corporation, Minorities Development Corporation, and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled TribesDevelopment Corporation in the district was not satisfactory.

Yet to be approved

He said that the list of beneficiaries of the Ganga Kalyan Scheme had not been approved yet, although it had been forwarded to its central office.

Mr. Jayanth asked bank officials to extend benefits to eligible candidates so that targets given to their banks were achieved.

Shortage

Chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat, A.B. Hemachandra said that there was a shortage of kits to be distributed under the Janani Suraksha Scheme, as hardly 1,000 of them had been distributed out of the sanctioned 3,000 to the district. Vice-president of the zilla panchayat Rama Naik was present.

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