Staff Reporter

Tirupur: Demands for better facilities for farmers at the ‘Uzhavar Sandhai' (farmer's market) and more storage yard for copra, among others, dominated the proceedings at the farmers' grievance meeting organised by the district administration here recently.

Uzhaivar Uzhaipalar Katchi State advisor K. C. M. Balasubramaniam reiterated the need for setting up more stalls in the Sandhai at Sandhaipettai in the city.

“Though it is utilised by hundreds of farmers a day to sell their produce directly to the consumers, only 80 stalls are there forcing them to share the spaces,” he said.

According to him, at least 40 more stalls have to be constructed to ease this congestion.

Milk prices

Another issue raised by the farmers was the low procurement prices for the milk they sell it to Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Limited popularly known as Aavin.

“Milk is procured from us at almost half the price at which the Aavin eventually sell it to the end-users in the market,” they pointed out.

Similarly, farmers wanted better storage facilities for copra in the district.

“Owing to lack of adequate storage yards, procurement has not been taking place at the targeted levels since March,” Mr Balasubramaniam said.

Veterinary dispensary

C. Ponnusamy, a farmer based at Mangalam and former president of Mangalam Water Users Association, requested the Collector C. Samayamoorthy to take up steps to revive the operations of Iduvai veterinary dispensary.

“This unit has been lying unutilised for almost a year forcing the farmers involved in dairy activities to take their cattle to dispensaries situated very far,” he said.

Mr. Samayamoorthy gave away subsidy assistance to 10 farmersfor setting up new facilities.

The subsidy was extended for the four bio-input production units set up at Iduvai village.