'Declare Bagepalli a drought-hit area'

The Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha members addressing a press meet here on Tuesday, said that there are no signs of rains till now and hence no agricultural activities have started much to the dismay of the farmers.

Sowing has been done only in some areas where a little rainfall was recorded.

Unfortunately due to less rains, the seeds have not sprouted.

Alleging the agricultural department for distributing inferior quality maize and paddy, they said due to the  low quality,seeds have not sprouted.

They said that the officials are distributing TMU groundnut breed instead of distributing the JL-24 breed groundnut which has been in demand and has been sowed in the past many years.

They also expressed their concern over increase in the prices of necessary goods and raising standards of living which has been causing problems to the common man.

Irregular power

Farmers are having a tough time due to the irregular supply of power to farmers pumpsets. They are not provided at least four hours of power supply everyday which has been causing severe inconvenience, they said.

All these has led to a situation where farmers may migrate in search of better living conditions, they added.

No rains have effected severely the farmers of this region and a silver lining is possible only if the government declares the taluk as a drought-hit region, the members of Raitha Sangha  stated.

Zilla Panchayat member and KPRS Secretary G N Sriramappa, KPRS taluk president R Chandrashekhar Reddy, district committee member D C Srinivas, taluk Committee member G M Ramakrishnappa, DYFI district president Channarayappa, CPI senior leader Hosahudya Ramalingappa, leader JCB Manjunath and others were also present.

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