Hyderabad: The Minister for Higher Education and In-charge Agriculture Minister, Mr Damodar Rajanarsimha, on Thursday made it clear that it was not possible to supply seeds of favored companies to the farmers as they were preferring the seeds from only seven companies.
The Minister made these remarks when the TDP legislators met him in the Secretariat on the issue of seed scarcity. The TDP MLAs – Mr Yerrabelli Dayakar Rao, Mr Revanth Reddy, Mr Mandava Venkateshwara Rao, Mr Vemu Narender Goud and Mr B Venkateshwarlu — met the Minister and submitted a memorandum.
Mr Yerrabelli said the farmers were favoring seed of Mahycon. Taking it as an advantage, some unscrupulous persons were selling Mahyco seed in black-market at higher price and exploiting the farmers. The State government was not in a position to supply required seed to the farmers, he charged. Reminding that farmers were holding dharnas on roads for seed, he regretted that the police were indiscriminately caning to disperse them.
Reacting to it, the Minister said that out of 27 seed companies in the State market, the farmers were preferring seed of only seven companies, including Mahyco, Tulasi and Nuzeevedu seed. The favored companies have no capability to produce to the extent of demand. However, the issue would be resolved in a couple of days, he said, adding that it was not possible to ensure favored company seed to every farmer. He also felt that there was a need to create awareness in the farmers in the
matter. During Rythu Chaitanya Yatras, awareness campaigning would be taken up in this regard, he added.
The minister said that out of the required 92 lakh pockets of cotton seed, as on today some 48 lakh pockets (50 per cent) have been supplied to the farmers. He assured that 95 percent of required cotton seed would be supplied to the farmers in the next two days.
The minister reminded that the government has already appointed a senior IAS officer, who had experience of working in the district, as Special Officer for every two districts. The Special Officer would coordinate with the district Collector, SP and Agriculture Officer to solve issues being faced by the farmers.