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Thanjavur farmers seek incentive for paddy

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DISCUSSING PROBLEMS: Collector C. Vijayaraj Kumar (left) addressing a grievance day meeting at Thanjavur on Wednesday . Photo: M. SRINATH
DISCUSSING PROBLEMS: Collector C. Vijayaraj Kumar (left) addressing a grievance day meeting at Thanjavur on Wednesday . Photo: M. SRINATH

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They want Rs. 200 more than the price fixed by the Centre

Thanjavur: Farmers of the district have appealed to Collector C. Vijayaraj Kumar to write to the Government asking to provide Rs. 200 as incentive per quintal of paddy over and above the price fixed by the Centre.

They made this plea during a monthly grievance day meeting at the Collectorate on Wednesday.

They also demanded the waiver of loans taken by the farmers from the nationalised banks.

V. Jeevakumar, a farmer from Royamundanpatti, said that fertilizer shortage was a severe problem in the district. Potash, ammonium chloride and sulphate fertilizers are not available at the Primary Agriculture Co-operative Banks. They are available at private shops but the prices are exorbitant.

He appealed to Agriculture Department to ensure the adequate supply of fertilizers. He also alleged that the loan waiver certificates (for pending loans waived by the Government) had not been issued to many farmers in Budalur area because of which they were not able to get fresh loans.

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