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Roll back fertilizer prices to pre-April level: farmers

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State government urged to take up the matter with Centre

Pleading for support : Farmers staging a demonstration in front of the Collectorate demanding the roll back of fertilizer prices in the city on Friday. Photo: M.Moorthy
Pleading for support : Farmers staging a demonstration in front of the Collectorate demanding the roll back of fertilizer prices in the city on Friday. Photo: M.Moorthy

Blaming the nutrient-based fertilizer policy regime of the Centre for the steep rise in prices of fertilizers, representatives of the various farmers associations staged a demonstration in front of the Collector's Office here on Friday demanding a roll back of the prices.

The farmers' representatives, who had gathered to attend the monthly Farmers Grievances day meeting, staged the demonstration ahead of the meeting, chaired by Collector Jayashree Muralidharan.

Contending that the hike in fertilizer prices has adversely affected farming operations, the farmers associations demanded the roll back of the fertilizer prices to pre-April level. They appealed to the State government to intervene in the matter to press the Centre to for a reduction in fertilizer prices in the interests of farmers.

The farmers also submitted a joint representation to the Collector seeking the State government's intervention on the matter. R.Raja Chidambaram, state secretary, Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, P.Ayyakannu, state secretary, Bharathiya Kisan Sangh, Ayilai Sivasuriyan, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam affiliated to the CPI, C.Masilamani, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam affiliated to the CPI (M), P.Viswanathan, president, TN Tank and River Ayacutdars Associations, N.Ganesan, state secretary, TN Milk Producers Association and A.Nagarajan, president, Horticulture Crop Producers Association, were among the signatories to the memorandum. Later, speaking at the meeting Mr.Raja Chidambaram complained over the erratic power supply to agricultural connections. Farmers were getting three phase supply for just about three hours a day and the in view of the unscheduled power cuts were not able to take up farming operations. He appealed to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation to regulate and publicise the schedule of three phase power supply.

Welcoming the Registration Department's announcement that complaints of bogus land transactions could be lodged with the District Registrars, he, however, urged the government to ensure that once the irregularity was detected the bogus pattas were cancelled. Mr.Ayyakannu appealed to the State government to dig a new channel to link the Cauvery at Hogenakkal and the Ayyaru to harness the surplus flow and flood discharges. He urged the district administration to take action against private bus operators who collected fares in excess of the rates announced by the government.

R.Subramanian, deputy secretary, District Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association, appealed to the government to renovate the Kattalai High Level Channel from Mayanur to Thayanur and build retaining walls along the channel to ensure that the water reached the tail end areas for irrigation.

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