The Karnataka Rajya Raitha sangha (KRRS) leaders urged the government to release water to respective canals to save their crops.
Addressing a press meet here in the city on Friday, General Secretary of KRRS, Badagalapura Nagendra said, “Both central and state governments are unwilling to address the issues faced by farmers. Now the state government has decided to release water to canals from the Kabini reservoir which is insufficient and will not help the farmers as the water from Kabini reservoir will not reach the tail-end villages. The government must release at least 1800 cusecs of water per day for 10 days continuously which will help farmers to some extent.”
“Around 30% of crops have already withered due to shortage of water. Taking this into account, government must immediately release water and also announce waiver of farm loans,” he added.
Nagendra alleged that the state and central governments are following unscientific methods in fixing the compensation for loss of crops. The government has fixed a compensation of Rs 5,650 for a loss of Rs 46,000 loss occurred per acre of paddy. The Karnataka Agriculture Commission has prepared a report on expenses incurred for cultivation. The government should fix the compensation based on the report.”
Farmer leaders K M Puttaswamy, Saragur Nataraj, Lokesh Raje Urs, Belagola Subramanya and others were present.