Early distribution of seeds, fertilizers sought

Staff Correspondent

Sunflower crop to be cultivated on 50,000 hectares of land

Union Government has supplied to State 22 lakh tonnes of fertilizers for this kharif season

Good quality and sufficient quantity of sunflower and paddy seeds should be provided: Sangha

Raichur: The district units of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and the Hasiru Sene have urged the Government to initiate steps to commence distribution of seeds and fertilizers to farmers from the next week to avoid delay in sowing of kharif crops in Raichur district.

N. Laxmangouda Kadagamdoddi, president of the district unit of the sangha, said in a press release issued here on Tuesday that the monsoon is advancing and farmers in the district were busy with preliminary work to take up cultivation of kharif crops.

Farmers who have the facility of lift irrigation along the Tungabhadra and the Krishna rivers have already completed land preparation and are awaiting the supply of seeds, especially those of sunflower and paddy, for sowing. But so far, the Government has not initiated any action to supply seeds. If there is any delay in distribution of seeds, sowing will also be delayed thus affecting the cultivation of kharif crops, he said.

He said that it was expected that the sunflower crop will be cultivated on about 50,000 hectares of land and paddy on about 10,000 hectares of land that have the facility of lift irrigation.

Besides distributing required quantity of seeds, the Government should also ensure that good quality seeds are given to the farmers. The government should arrange the supply of subsidised seeds to all eligible farmers in the district through the Raitha Samparka Kendras, he urged. Mr. Kadagamdoddi said that last year the farmer had faced fertilizer shortage both during the kharif and the rabi seasons.

Many farmers were forced to purchase fertilizers at a higher price following the failure of the Government in maintaining adequate stock.

Mr. Kadagamdoddi said that the State Government has already received a stock of about 22 lakh tonnes of fertilizers from the Union Government for this kharif season. The State Government should take necessary steps to supply fertilizers to the farmers at MRP through the Raitha Samparka Kendras, he appealed.

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