Farmers' woes: All-party team to meet PM in Delhi

Farmers' woes: All-party team to meet PM in Delhi

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda announced in the Assembly on Wednesday that he would take a delegation of floor leaders of all parties to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and apprise him of the problems faced by farmers.

He said, “Let us camp in New Delhi for two days in April and meet ministers to draw their attention to problems of silk farmers, growers of tur dal, turmeric, ginger, areca, sharing of the Cauvery river water and to seek funds for drought relief.”

Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah immediately gave his consent to be part of the delegation.

Earlier, Dr Sharanprakash Patil (Congress) made a vain bid to continue his dharna over the crash in prices of tur and to seek the government’s intervention to stabilise the prices which have fallen below Rs 4,000 a quintal.

Agriculture Minister Umesh Katti said: “The Centre should stop importing tur so that the prices in the domestic market stabilise.”

Earlier, U T Khader (Congress) said areca farmers were facing losses due to yellow fever and kole roga (Fruit rot disease) affecting the crops in the Malnad and coastal regions. The government must come to the rescue of the growers by announcing support price, he insisted.