Better prices sought for crops

Farmers stage a protest in front of the deputy commissioner's office in Madikeri.

Demanding the fixing of a better price for black pepper and coffee, the members of Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene district unit took out a vehicle rally from Kutta to the deputy commissioner’s office in Madikeri on Friday.

The rally was led by district unit president Kadyamada Manu Somaiah. The farmers staged protest meetings throughout.

A protest was held at General Thimayya Circle and the farmers urged the Central and state governments to fulfil their demands. The protesters accused the Central and state governments of neglecting the farming community.

Earlier, hundreds of farmers had formed a human chain at Kutta bus shelter to highlight the problems faced by farmers.

Progressive Farmer Machimada C Subbaiah flagged off the rally.

Agricultural University former Senate member Pucchimada Lala Poonaccha said, “No one has concern for farmers. The farmers are forced to protest demanding fulfilment of their demands.”

Activist Someyangada Ganesh said, “Farm produces have failed to get good prices. Farmers do not get a response in the issue of loan waiver. The government should initiate measures to solve the problems faced by farmers.” 

Kadyamada Manu Somaiah said, “The smuggling of poor quality of pepper to India and pepper import policy has inconvenienced the growers. The import of poor quality of pepper has resulted in a drop in the price of pepper. The farmers are in distress due to the fall in price.”

The vehicle rally passed through Hudikeri-Ponnampet-Gonikoppa-Virajpet-Moornadu before reaching Madikeri.

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