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Lack of irrigation facility, power blamed for farmers’ plight

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Price panel chairman Kammaradi interacts with farmers

Farmers on Friday blamed poor irrigation facility, irregular supply of power and non-availability of crop loan for farmers’ suicides.

“We do not want your compensation, which you provide only after farmers commit suicide. No farmer will commit suicide if you provide him with adequate water and remunerative price for our produce,” said a leader of farmers during an interactive session with Prakash Kammaradi, chairman of the Karnataka State Agriculture Price Commission, who visited Kuruvanka, a village in Channarayapatna taluk.

Dr. Kammaradi visited the families of farmers who had committed suicide in the last two months in the district.

Thimme Gowda of Kuruvanka committed suicide on July 7. After meeting the victim’s family members, he interacted with farmers of the village. Dharmesh, a farmer, said that for several years, the residents of the village had been demanding irrigation facility. “An underground canal that carries water from the Hemavati to Tumakuru district passes very close to Kuruvanka. If we had sufficient water, Thimme Gowda would not have dug five borewells in five years and suffered financial losses, which incidentally drove him to take the extreme step,” he said.

Girish, a former gram panchayat member, said irregular supply of power was a major reason for farmers to commit suicide. “Our borewells have dried up. We have not been able lift water from the borewells that are providing water, because of irregular power supply. Thimme Gowda had cultivated banana crop in his two acres of land and suffered loss due to lack of of water,” he said.

When Dr. Kammaradi enquired whether farmers were aware of crop insurance schemes, many farmers replied in the negative. A few expressed disappointment over the insurance scheme as it was not comprehensive. Kasaba hobli in the taluk had not been included in the list for covering potato with crop insurance.

Addressing the farmers, the chairman said he would meet with the officials concerned about the farmers’ demands. He called upon the KSRC of Raitha Sangha to spread awareness about crop insurance scheme among farmers.

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