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KADAPA: The government should distribute adequate quantities of seed to farmers, supply fertilizer at reduced prices and on subsidy and extend crop loans to small and marginal farmers, CPI (M) district Secretary B. Narayana demanded on Wednesday.
The government should stop discriminating against farmers, provide succour to them and promote modern farming, he told a press conference here. Groundnut crop was raised in 3.50 lakh acres in Kadapa district, as against the normal cropping area of 3.10 lakh acres and hence three lakh quintals of groundnut seed was required, Mr. Narayana asserted. Ironically, the government machinery deduced that 78,000 quintals of groundnut seed would suffice, he said and accused the government of underestimating the requisite quantum of seed.
Besides groundnut, seed for paddy crop was needed, he stated. He urged the government as well as banks to extend loans to small and marginal farmers. Ryots were dumping grains on the roads and staging protests due to lack of remunerative prices and deepening of the agricultural crisis would lead to food scarcity, the CPI (M) leader cautioned.
AP Rythu Sangham district secretary K. Lingamurthy alleged that farmers were being neglected on account of the globalisation and economic liberalisation policies. Food security could be in peril in future, he feared.
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