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Questions galore: Collector V.K. Shanmugam (second right) addressing farmers at the collectorate on Thursday.
KRISHNAGIRI: Owing to the lack of rainfall this year, about 5,000 acre of dry crops, 2,000 acre of sugarcane and coconut trees in thousands of acres had been affected in the district, said farmers at a grievances meeting held at the collectorate here on Thursday.
K. Ramagoundar, State Vice President, Thamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, said that the farmers had urged the district administration to announce the district as ‘drought hit’ in order to bring some relief to the farming community.
Farmers, participating from other parts of the district, complained that frequent power cuts during nights affects agriculture besides aiding robberies. Some farmers said that commercial banks were denying them loans and requested the district administration to ease the procedure for loan application.
Farmers wanted the canal which brings water into the Athipallam Lake to be cleaned up. A farmer complained that the ration rice, toor dal and other commodities were being denied to the public while being illegally sold at Arasampatti ration shop.
Collector V.K. Shanmugam presided over the grievances meeting.
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