“The ETG and Adani groups are major importers. The Union government has bought pulses from these firms at ₹ 10,000 a quintal. But, when it comes to buying the crop directly from farmers, it has fixed just ₹ 5,050 a quintal. It clearly shows whose interest the government is protecting,” Maruti Manpade, State president of KPRS, said during the agitation. He demanded minimum support price of ₹ 7,500 a quintal for red gram.
“As per the report submitted by Agriculture Price Commission, the cost of cultivating red-gram in an acre is between Rs. 18,000 and Rs. 25,000. Considering the per-acre yield between three and four quintal, Rs. 6,500 is required to produce one quintal of red-gram. Based on these calculations, Karnataka government recommended an MSP of Rs. 6,500 a quintal of red-gram, but the Union government gave only Rs. 5,050,” Maruthi Manpade, president, KPRS, said. Karnataka government, he added, should increase its incentive from Rs. 450 a quintal to Rs. 1,500 a quintal so that its own recommendation to Union government would get fulfilled, he added.
Though the government has set up red gram procurement centres at Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yards to purchase the crop directly from farmers at the minimum support price (MSP) of ₹ 5,050, most of the crop is being sold at lower prices to private traders and dal mills.For instance, 8,123 quintals of red gram was purchased by private parties at the Kalaburagi APMC on Tuesday and only 154 quintals were procured at the two procurement centres. These State-established centres have procured only 1,818.50 quintals in the last one week.
Heavy rains wreaked havoc in Bidar and Kalaburagi districts, inundating several roads and bridges and throwing life out of gear.In Bidar district, vehicular movement on Bidar- Bhalki Road was stopped by Friday morning as the stream near Kardyal villge began flowing over the road, as did Ane Halla stream at Dharajwadi in Bhalki taluk. Bridges in Dadagi, Kalawadi and Inchur were submerged. The old bridges in Sangam and Saigaon were submerged. The Thana Kushnoor- Nidoda Road and Bhalki – Humnabad Roadwas cut off as water was flowing over it.Water release from Dhanegaon dam in Maharashtra continued to flood the Kongli barrage. Crops in villages around Kongli, Hulsoor and other villages suffered crop loss. Heavy rain in the catchment areas of Manjra and Karanja rivers also added to the woes of farmers, who are yet to harvest standing crops of black gram, soya and red gram. Farmer leaders complained that heavy rain had damaged crops in Nideban, Kunte Sirsi and Jol Dabka.