The Cauvery delta farmers are planning a protest, demanding prompt supply of fertilizers as they have already experienced the short supply of fertilizer in almost all the cooperative societies while the samba cultivation is on its peak in the region.
Since the transplanting of the samba nursery is under progress, the farmers require the immediate distribution of fertilizers. “As there is a short supply in the cooperative societies, we are forced to approach the private agencies who sell the fertilizer under high price,” said Ganesamurthy, a farmer from Kumbakonam.
He alleged that a few traders have started hoarding the fertilizer sensing the high demand and a few others sell it at a premium rate for ordinary fertilizer, he claimed.
The farmers widely complained that most cooperative societies did not have adequate quantity of fertilizers. “The district authorities should ensure adequate stock and make it available in cooperative societies and in the open market,” Ganesamurthy urged and added that the farmers have decided to stage a protest across the region against the agri department.
However, officials from the Agriculture Department maintained that there was no shortage of urea and other fertilizers. They claimed that there was an adequate stock of all fertilizers and asked the farmers to inform them the place where they have short supply of fertilizers.
“When compared to last few years, the area of cultivation has been increased this year. That may be the reason for the shortage like situation. Still we have adequate stock of fertilizers, said, Assistant Director of Agriculture (Quality Control) N Vinayagamurthy.