Owing to shortage of power supply, farmers are unable to cultivate crops resulting in a pitiable state. The poor supply of electricity from past twenty days has created a worrisome state for farmers in the region of Bylakuppe.
The situation is such that the distressed farmers of Byadarabilagula village of Bettadapura Hobli in Periyapatna taluk, are feeding the vegetables they have grown as fodder to the.
The situation is grim in the rural areas forcing the residents of Bettadapura and other surrounding villages to migrate to the cities and other places in search of jobs. The ineffective implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA) too has left the farmers with no hope.
With no power and absence of alternatives, the distressed farmers are thus forced to commit suicide.
“The state government instead of just posing to be pro-farmers should provide electricity for six hours a day in the villages. Only then can the farmers heave a sigh of relief,” said farmers’ leader Prakash Raje Urs.
Also, speaking on the occasion B J Devaraj and Boralinge Gowda noted that despite repeated pleas, the horticulture department has failed to curb the sale and supply of poor quality seeds and fertilizers.
Improper supply of pump sets for irrigation is also one of the reasons plaguing the farmers, they noted. Various other issues plaguing the farmers were also discussed during the meeting.