Farmers and representatives of farmers’ bodies have expressed disappointment over the major share of the time of the farmers grievances meeting that has been set aside for awareness programmes and testimony of successful farmers. These presentations are made by farmers with very long video presentations and photographs, taking more than half the time set aside for the monthly meeting.

The monthly grievances meet exclusively for farmers is conducted in the Collectorate, mostly on the last Friday of the month. This Friday, the time earmarked for testimony was taken up seriously by the agitated farmers seeking more time to share their grievances and get them redressed.

“The meeting begins at 11 a.m. and goes on till 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. till all the grievances of farmers are redressed. A few months ago the district administration introduced time for successful farmers to share their success stories. But, this is eating into the productive time set aside for officials to listen to the grievances of farmers,” K. Sundaram, State General Secretary of Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, said.

Farmers said that they had been making repeated representations to the district administration and department officials on the issue.

They felt that awareness programmes and farmers’ inventions could be given a slot prior to the beginning of the grievances meet. Some farmers alleged that persons not involved in farm activities participate in the meetings.

Responding to the allegations raised by the farmers, District Collector V. Dakshinamoorthi said that such persons will not be allowed to take part in the grievances meeting for farmers.