Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Hasiru Sene activists have set a week’s deadline for the state government to release water from the left and right bank canals of Kabini river to take up cultivation activities; if not they have threatened to stage a protest in front of CADA office on July 16.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, KRRS district general secretary Hosuru Kumar said that with the gradual increase in water level at Kabini reservoir, it’s the perfect time for farmers to take up cultivation activities. “The government should release water from right and left bank canals before July 15 to help farmers in growing crops. The previous year’s drought has left the farmers in lurch. The authorities should soon convene a consultative meeting and release water before July 15, if not the farmers will go ahead and stage the protest,” he added.
Further he said that the government had assured to provide baar hukum rights to farmers who have been engaged in agriculture for over 30 years, but nothing has been done so far. He also urged the authorities to look into the loopholes in podi system in revenue departments.
Explaining how the increase in MRP of fertilisers at shops has affected the farmers, the government has directed the fertiliser shops to sell them as per the fixed MRP, and most of the shops are violating the rules. “This has added to the misery of farmers,” Kumar lamented.
The farmers also urged the government to set up centres to market coconuts as there is a drop in the rate and to provide Rs 500 extra support price for paddy.