A section of farmers approached the Tiruchy District Collector on Monday demanding compensation for their damaged crops and they also brought their damaged paddy crop that was affected by the fungal disease.
However, despite practising the advice given by the officials, the farmers witnessed disease in their crops. They said that the crops had been attacked right from the seeding in many parts. But in Lalgudi region in Tiruchy district, the crops had dark spots on the grains and reduce the grain quality. Thus their yield was remarkably affected. Over 70 per cent of their crops had withered at the ripening stage, they said. They claimed that they had spent at least Rs 28,000 per acre but everything was lost due to the fungal attack. They demanded compensation to the damaged crops. They also sought the District Collector S Sivarasu to insist the agri department officials to conduct assessment at the earliest and get them compensation.