Potato seeds: JD(S) warns stir

Potato seeds: JD(S) warns stir

JD(S) leader H D Revanna on Monday warned that his party legislators from Hassan district will stage a dharna in front of the chief minister’s residence in Bangalore on May 14 if the government fails to come to the rescue of potato farmers in Hassan and Chikmagalur districts.

Speaking to media, Revanna said the government had not announced subsidy on potato seeds though the sowing season had arrived.

“Traders have resorted to hoarding and hence, farmers are being forced to buy seeds at exorbitant rate from the open market,” he said.

Potato is grown on about two lakh hectares in Hassan and Chikmagalur districts. The then government led by H D Kumaraswamy had given 75 per cent subsidy on potato seeds.

Besides, Revanna urged Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to grant Rs one crore to all Assembly constituencies to take up water projects.

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