Competitive inter-group wrangling between farmers took the best part of the monthly farmers’ grievance meeting here at the Collectorate on Wednesday.

Trouble began after reports of mass spraying taken up in panchayats of Keezhvelur to tackle the mealy bug attack, as widely reported by farmers.

Taking exception to the initiative by the administration, left-affiliated farmers associations wondered how Keezhvelur block could receive “special treatment” while fields across the district were affected by the rice pest.

Alleging that the officials were partisan and indulged in favouritism, left-affiliated farmers picked issue with the selection of farmers for a field trip to Gujarat.

Intervening, Collector T. Munusamy said the issue was discussed and closed and assured the gathering of transparency in selections.

V. Subramaniam, District Secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, alleged malpractice in several irrigators’ associations in the district. Alleging that there were several irrigators’ associations functioning in a spurious manner drawing interest meant for farmers from banks, Mr. Subramaniam demanded an enquiry into the allegations.

Samandham of Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam called for immediate disbursement of crop insurance reimbursement for 2012-13. The Animal Husbandry Department came under flak for poor management of the foot-and-mouth disease that had claimed lives of large number of livestock.

According to Gobi Ganesan of Mayiladuthurai, the exact number of head of cattle that died was still not accounted. He suggested that the panchayats were ill-equipped to deal with the disposal of the carcasses and the revenue authorities should be asked to deal with them.

Alexander of Mayiladuthurai sought information on the status of Seed Village Scheme. According to him, special camps under the Seed Village Scheme were not held in the district for 2012-13.

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