Drying paddy and sugarcane are not the only problems facing farmers in the Cauvery basin. In the searing drought-hit districts of south Karnataka, coconut trees -once a lifeline for farmers through the year -stand black and wilting.Chamarajanagara is the worst hit. Desperate farmers are planning to launch a series of protests.
Mysuru: Samatha Vedike organization head and advocate Sumana said 28 organizations have decided to come together to form ‘Janandolana Mahamaitri,’ to fight for the welfare of the people.Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Sumana said organizations such s Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Karnataka Janasangrama Parishat, Sarvodaya Karnataka Paksha, Swaraj Abhiyana, Dalit Sangarsha Samithi, AIMSS, AIDYO and Odanadi Samsthe will be part of the Mahamaitri.
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) leaders demanded the government to release water into canals to save crops, announce waiver of farm loans and take necessary measures to mitigate drought.
Published on 24/10/2016, Deccan Herald
The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) has urged the State government to intervene in the crisis gripping onion growers in the wake of the crash in prices and purchase the commodity by paying a minimum support price (MSP). KRRS State convenor N. Nanje Gowda sought to caution the government against the possibility of onion farmers resorting to suicide in the light of the rock bottom prices.
The government should take action to provide minimum support price for onion, said N Nanje Gowda, convener, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha. He told reporters on Sunday that the government should step in to procure the crop from farmers above the production cost and save farmers who are in utter distress failing to repay loans.
The Cauvery Supervisory Committee’s order to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu resulted in the escalation of tension across Mandya district, besides prompting farmers to intensify protests. The Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitarakshana Samiti (MZRHS) has expressed unhappiness over the CSC order and announced that it would intensify protests in the district. Members of various farmers and Kannada associations staged road blocks and at major junctions in Mandya, Srirangapatna and Maddur towns on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway.
Farmers belonging to the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Hasiru Sene have sought support price for horticultural farmers to bail them out of crisis due to the vagaries of the market.They have also called for shoring up the facilities at the APMC yard and rectifying the anomalies in weights and measures which, the farmers alleged, results in losses.
The rejection of Karnataka’s interim plea by the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal (MWDT) led to public outrage and protests in various parts of the State on Thursday.Traffic was severely affected on Bengaluru-Mysuru highway. Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Hasiru Sene, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Jaya Karnataka, and Ramanagaram Advocates Association protested and burnt the effigies of MWDT for “neglecting Karnataka” and the Lok Sabha members “for failing to solve the problem”.
Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha staged a protest over the Karnataka Irrigation Department’s decision.The Karnataka Irrigation Department on Wednesday increased discharge of water from the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) to Tamil Nadu to clear the July quota, as per the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) order.
Scores of farmers and Kananda activists took out a massive rally here on Friday to urge the State government to immediately reopen the State-run Mysore Sugar Company Ltd. (Mysugar mill) to provide rel