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Potato in rain-fed area withering

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Revanna seeks compensation from the Government


HASSAN: For the past 15 days, Hassan taluk is experiencing a dry spell. Potato growers are in distress as the crop in rain-fed area is withering. If there is no rain within seven days, the entire crop would wither. Farmers have spent Rs. 10,000 an acre of land towards seeds, fertilizers and pesticides.

The former Minister, H.D. Revanna, has appealed to the Government to announce compensation for the failed potato crop. This, he told presspersons here on Monday, would instil confidence in farmers besides preventing them from committing suicide.

Mr. Revanna said farmers had sown potato crop in 20,000 hectares in the rain-fed. Due to failure of rainfall in Hassan taluk, the crop started withering and if there was no rain in next seven days, the entire crop would wither.

Mr. Revanna appealed to the Chief Minister not to adopt a vindictive stance as far as Hassan and Ramanagaram districts were concerned because they were represented by the former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, and his sons.

He recalled that when he raised a question on the floor of Legislature on the quantum of fertilizer the State received from the Union Government and the quantum distributed to the districts, he was rewarded with an answer that the Janata Dal(S) was engaged in fertilizer politics.

Mr. Revanna said that last year 130 farmers committed suicide in the State and this should not be allowed to be repeated this year.

Mr. Revanna said once the water from the Hemavathi, the Yagachi and the Vatehole reservoirs was let out, farmers would require complex fertilizers for paddy cultivation.

He wanted the district administration to be prepared to supply required quantum of fertilizers.

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