The Kerala Karshaka Samajam has demanded the government to ensure that the farmers are given the price of the paddy procured by the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation, under the paddy procurement scheme of the State government, within 15 days of procurement.

Farmers in hardship

In a statement here on Thursday, Samajam general secretary Muthalamthode Mani said that the delay in getting the payment put the farmers, who were otherwise burdened by the high production costs and shortage of labour, in further hardship.

Crop loss

The delay in payment also affected the cultivation of next crop, the statement said.