Enough of assurances, fulfil demands: Farmers

There was no reason for farmers of drought-hit villages in Hunsur taluk to greet medical education and district in-charge minister S A Ramdas with a smile. They only had their sorrowful plight and grievances to be told.

Farmers pointed at their dried up fields and crops. While a few found the visit as a silver lining, some said the visit would bear no fruits.

Ramdas received information regarding crop loss and assured farmers of taking appropriate steps.

Inspecting a field at Hullenahalli, the minister and officials discussed about drought and said that such a drought situation was experienced 42 years ago.

Bilekere lake supplies water to 76 acres of land, but it has dried up since 15 years. Lift irrigation planned from river Lakshmana Theertha has not been implemented.

The lake has been converted into garbage space, they pointed out.

Farmer Nagaraj said, groundnut sown in his eight acres of land had dried up.

He said he had taken loan from private persons as approaching a bank for loan would cost more than Rs 10,000 for just processing and would be a burden. He had spent Rs 30,000 for his crops.

Rajamma who had sowed groundnut and pea in three acres had spent Rs 22,000.

Farmer Kittaiah said, he had spent Rs 10,000 to sow maize in his two and half acres of land.

He said, he was perplexed and was now working as a daily wage labourer.

All the farmers had one thing to say in common that they wanted no assurance but immediate action.

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