Splinter groups of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Hasiru Sene, along with other pro-farmer organisations on Wednesday staged separate protest demonstrations in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding release of water after November 5 to save the standing crop in the Tungabhadra command areas in Hosapete, Ballari and Sirguppa.A large number of farmers, led by a group of KRRS, along with Chaganur-Siriwar Neeravari Bhoo Rakshana Samiti and Raitha-Krishi Karmikara Sangha, came out in a procession with bullock carts from Chaganur and Siriwar villages demanding release of water from the dam.
Source: Farmers’ groups stage protest demanding release of water from Tungabhadra dam even after Nov 5 – The Hindu
At a time when arecanut growers are reeling owing to slump in the price of the produce and decline in the yield due to drought, the Union government’s decision to keep arecanut out of the purview of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) has come as a bolt from the blue.The crop is grown in around 50,000 hectares in the district. The price of a kilo of arecanut, which was Rs. 900 in August 2014, has come down to Rs. 260 now.The crop in more than 600 hectares was damaged last year owing to moisture stress caused by drought.K.T. Gangadhar, working president of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, has slammed the decision taken by the Centre to keep arecanut out of the purview of PMKSY
Source: Concern over keeping arecanut out of PMKSY’s purview – The Hindu