Paddy farmers have demanded Rs.25 a kg as procurement price for the crop considering the high cost of chemical fertilisers and labour. In a statement here on Sunday, Desheeya Karshaka Samajam general secretary Muthalamthode Mani said that if the farmers did not get Rs.25 a kg for paddy procured by the State government theywould be forced to drop cultivation, which would affect Kerala's food security.

The forum also demanded Rs.2,000 as monthly pension for farmers aged above 60 years as against the existing Rs.400. It sought pension for all farmers irrespective of the land they were holding. Now, farmers who had more than a hectare of land were not eligible for pension, the statement said. — Staff Reporter