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All ears: Farmers at the grievances day meeting held on Wednesday. —
All ears: Farmers at the grievances day meeting held on Wednesday. —

Staff Reporter

Officials asked to monitor retailers selling poor quality seeds

SALEM: Farmers have urged the district administration to ensure distribution of certified and quality seeds.

At the grievances redressal day meeting held here on Wednesday, they alleged that a few sellers were selling poor quality seeds. The officials should closely monitor the shops selling seeds. The agriculture and horticulture officials should initiate immediate efforts to make farmers aware of seed selection and certification. Steps should be taken to prevent the sale of poor quality seeds, United Farmers Association President C. Vaiyapuri said.

He also urged the administration to remove anomalies in the voters list of co-operative societies. In many societies, the names of the deceased members were yet to be deleted from the list, he pointed out.

Vetrimani, a farmer from Kottavadi, wanted the State Government to check the price of fertilizers. The sellers should be directed to provide proper bills to the farmers while purchasing fertilizers. He also demanded that the district administration evict encroachers from the lands belonging to Arignar Anna Government Arts College in Attur.

A group of farmers and women from Puthur Agraharam urged the district administration to desilt the lake in their village. The channels carrying water to the lake from Koneri and Kanjamalai, which remain heavily silted for long, should also be cleaned. A large number of farmers depended on the lake for irrigation. The storage in the lake would help groundwater re-charge which would benefit more than 750 wells in the area.

S. Jayaraman, a farmer from Ethapur, appealed to the district administration to cancel the licence given to a stone quarry, which was located near a check-dam and a residential school in Abhinavam. The quarrying activities would damage the check dam. Despite repeated complaints, officials had not initiated any concrete steps to sort out the issue, he alleged.

Farmers also urged the officials to sort out the problems in the issue of pattas through computerised system. The administration should convene a tripartite meeting with the tapioca farmers and starch and sago manufacturers to discuss the issues in tapioca tuber procurement, they said. District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam presided over the programme. Senior officials were present.

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