ANDHRA PRADESH

Ryots make a beeline for groundnut centres

Collector asks farmers to cooperate with officials

Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: Farmers thronged the groundnut seed sale centres in large numbers again on Monday, as scores of ryots had to return empty handed due to exhaustion of stocks on the first day of the supply on June 10.

They started flocking the centres from early in the morning and by the time the counters were opened at 9.30 am serpentine queues were found at all the 14 centres. The police and the seed supply officials had a tough time in controlling the huge number of farmers.

Time-consuming

Though sufficient stocks were kept at all the centres, the process of verification of pattadar passbooks, stamping and issue of cash receipts was consuming a lot of time. The police had to be reinforced as the farmers resorted to stone-pelting on the counters at one time at Anantapur as they started jostling in the queues. A similar situation prevailed at Tadipatri for some time.

Meanwhile, the District Collector, Y.V. Anuradha, has urged the farming community to observe restraint and cooperate with the officials during seed supply.

Keeping in the view the experience of problems like insufficient counters and others on day one on June 10 and on Monday she asked the farmers seeking JL-24 and Pollachi Red varieties to wait for three-four days to get the stock.

Review exercise

Complaints on the quality of seed raised by farmers at a few places would also be taken to the notice of the agencies concerned. About 12,000 quintals of groundnut seed was supplied to 14,700 farmers on June 10 and a similar quantity on Monday.

In a review meeting held with the officials of the Agriculture Department and the seed supply agencies, AP Seeds, AP Oilfed and HACA, the Collector instructed them to keep sufficient stocks ready at all seed supply centres.

As the stock received by AP Seeds from Wanaparthy in Mahabubnagar district was of inferior quality she asked the officials to take the matter to the notice of the officials concerned for taking action against those who had certified that lot of the seed.

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