Crop loss: farmers demand action against fake seed suppliers

By TheHindu on 14 Mar 2019 | read

Krishna district farmers led by Andhra Pradesh Koulu Rythu Sangham (APKRS) State secretary P. Jamalayya on Monday demanded action against those who supplied fake seeds of maize, green chilli and black gram in the district.

In Eastern Krishna, the farmers of green chilli have recently set the standing crop afire, protesting against the supply of fake seed. In Western Krishna, maize farmers have been protesting for the past few weeks against the fake seed supplied by firms.

Mr. Jamalayya and APKRS district secretary M. Hari Babu on Monday submitted a grievance to Collector A. Md. Imtiaz, seeking action on the losses suffered by farmers across the district. “The investigation by scientists on the fake seeds of green chilli in Diviseema is yet to begin, driving the farmers into further distress with the crop loss,” said Mr. Haribabu.

A team representing the APKRS and a group of farmers on Monday demanded the release of Rs. 33 crore bonus guaranteed by the State government for maize farmers in the district.

Collector’s assurance

Mr. Imtiaz promised action to address the grievances of the farmers and directed the agriculture officials to investigate the supply chain of the fake seeds.

Hundreds of farmers from across the district have turned up to stage a protest.

However, they were asked to not stage the protest in the wake of the model code of conduct for the general elections that came into force from Sunday.