Staff Reporter

`Permit toddy tapping in State'

ERODE: Farmers here have complained that fertilizers in the district are being sold at a premium. In a memorandum to Collector D. Karthikeyan, president of the Lower Bhavani Project Ryots Association C. Nallasamy said the farmers required super phosphate to raise paddy on 35,000 hectares in the ayacut.

However, the fertilizer was not available in most shops. A few that sold sought Rs. 220 for a 50 kg bag, against Rs. 162 fixed by the Government.

Further, only a paltry 20 to 30 bags were supplied to the cooperatives, and in no time they were sold. He asked the Collector to ensure `adequate' stock of fertilizer at the cooperatives. Action should be taken against those who sold the fertilizers at higher prices.

Harmful

Asking the Government to permit toddy tapping, Mr. Nallasamy claimed that toddy was not harmful to health, unlike the Government-patronised Indian Made Foreign Liquor, he said.

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