Staff Reporter

'Vaccine for Blue Tongue disease should be supplied to farmers'

ERODE: Following heavy rain and discharge of water from canals, many tanks and ponds have been filled up with water.

Fish were being grown in these tanks and the Erode district administration should take steps to popularise fish farming as it can be harvested on all days, said president of Lower Bhavani Project Ryots Association C. Nallasami at the agriculture grievances day meeting held here on Friday, which was presided over by District Revenue Officer V. Santha.

He said due to blue tongue disease, a number of goats and sheep in the district had died. Now, the Animal Husbandry Department had adequate stocks of vaccine and it should be supplied to farmers.

Secretary of Tamilaga Vivasayeegal Sangam Munusamy complained that for want of adequate bus service, the tribal people of Burgur, Thattakarai, Madam and other areas had to travel on top of buses to reach Anthiyur shandy every Monday and Tuesday.

He wanted the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation to operate special buses during the two days.

He complained that the veterinary doctors of Erode District Milk Producers' Cooperative Union were are not treating the milch animals owned by the farmer members of Milk Producers' Cooperative Societies. He also demanded the enhancement of milk procurement price.

Deposits

The farmers' representatives wanted the Cooperative Department to instruct the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Banks to return the matured deposit amounts to the farmers, which were refused by some PACBs.

K.N. Subramanian a farmer who was present, urged the State Government to lift the ban on chewing tobacco as many farmers in the district raised tobacco and they were not able to market the same.

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