Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene have urged the State government to take action against the practice of taking away foodgrains as samples placed for sale outside shops at the Agriculture Produce and Marketing Committee here.Hundreds of farmers, who staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Raichur on Tuesday, urged the government to curb the practice as traders had been taking away one kilogram foodgrains as samples even after price is fixed for the foodgrains during the tender process.
Source: Farmers stage protest, seek government action – KARNATAKA – The Hindu
Led by Chamarasa Malipatil, honorary president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, and Tipparaju Hawaldar and Shivaraj Patil, MLAs from Raichur Rural and Raichur City, respectively, hundreds of farmers blocked State Highway 20 at Saath Mile Cross for two hours on Tuesday demanding sufficient water for standing crops in the tail-end areas of the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal (TLBC).They alleged that the officials of Department of Water Resources had joined hands with powerful landowners in the upper reaches of the canal who were illegally using water to irrigate their unauthorised land.“Standing crops are drying up due to lack of water. Most of the water released from the Tungabhadra reservoir is being used by farmers in Gangavathi and Karatagi areas in Koppal district that are immediately downstream the dam. Since more than 1.5 lakh acres of unauthorised land in these areas are illegally irrigated using the canal water, we are facing water shortage in the tail-end areas,” an agitating farmer said.
Source: Farmers block road at Saath Mile Cross seeking water for crops – The Hindu
The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) has planned to mobilise farmers from tail-end parts of the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal (TLBC) to block State Highway 23 at Manvi on Monday demanding sufficient water for irrigation at the lower reaches of the canal.
Source: KRRS to block highway at Manvi demanding water – The Hindu
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) held Union Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for large scale violence and arson that gripped Bengaluru and parts of southern Karnataka for two days after the Supreme Court order. Referring to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s repeated letters to Prime Minister and latter’s silence, Chamarasa Malipatil, State honorary president of the organisation, called Mr. Modi irresponsible prime minister. He was addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.”It is irresponsibility on the part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who did not respond to any of the eight letters that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wrote to him over deepening Cauvery water crisis. Mr. Modi opted to be remain silent till widespread riots in Bengaluru and Mandya claimed two lives, urban infrastructure was damaged and private property worth over Rs. 25,000 crore was lost,” he said.
Source: KRRS holds Union Government responsible for Cauvery riots – The Hindu
Maruthi Manpade, State president of Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha (KPRS), held the Union government responsible for falling prices of farm produce in the domestic market and resultant agrarian crisis.Speaking to reporters here on Monday, he criticised the government’s import policy by terming it “anti-farmer.” He held that India’s imports are not based on domestic requirement and production, but on pressure from international and domestic capitalists.“Our import policy was designed for safeguarding the interests of both domestic and international capitalists and not of domestic farmers. For instance, of the 24 lakh tonnes of pulses that India needs for a year, 20 lakh tonnes are domestically produced. We should import only four tonnes. However, our government imported 20 lakh tonnes last year and 10 lakh tonnes this year. This will surely cause price crash of pulses in the domestic market as there is an overstock of pulses,” he said. He said that though 2016 is being observed as International Year of Pulses, the Centre was “tightening the noose” around pulses growers.
Source: ‘Anti-farmer import policy causing price crash for farm produce’ – The Hindu
“I have spent Rs. 40,000 an acre for cultivating onion. There is no problem with the yield as we got 40 quintal per acre. Even if we sold the crop at Rs. 500 a quintal, the maximum price in the market, we will get only half of what we have spent,” one of the farmers said. The farmers said that the price of onion has been almost stagnant since the harvest of the last summer crop. “Onion prices had fallen back then. They have not picked up. The fall in price is mainly due to heavy imports. Our governments are always ready to suffocate domestic farmers to satisfy their imperialist masters,” said Amaranna Gudihal, the State secretary of KRRS.
Source: Onion farmers throw produce on the road, demand better prices – The Hindu
Farmers and their leaders, elected representatives and even officials at the Department of Water Resources unanimously attributed water crisis at the canal’s lower reaches to illegal expansion of irrigation at the upper reaches. But, nobody exactly knows the extent of illegal expansion. For, no survey has been conducted even though the water crisis and resultant farmers’ agitations have been yearly phenomena for the last several years.“Around 1.75 lakh acres of unauthorised lands in upper reaches of TLBC, most of which are in Gangavathi taluk in Koppal district, are illegally irrigated using around 600 cusecs of Tungabhadra water. As a result, over 2 lakh acres of authorised lands in lower reaches of the canal in Manvi, Raichur, and parts of Sindhanur taluks in Raichur district are deprived of their legitimate share of water,” D. Veerana Gowda, a leader of Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha, said.
Source: An eternal wait for water for farmers in these tail-end areas – The Hindu
Kumar Samatala, State convenor of Karnataka Janashakti, alleged that successive governments have been cheating poor farmers of Raichur district with false assurances of providing uninterrupted power supply. This, even though the district houses major State-owned power stations – Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS) and Yermarus Thermal Power Station (YTPS) – which together contribute over half of the electricity that the State generates.
Source: Farmers protest despite showers for uninterrupted power supply – The Hindu
Raichur district units of the Karnataka Janashakti and the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha have decided to hold a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on July 11, to demand uninterrupte
Source: Karnataka Janashakti, KRRS to stage protest on July 11 – The Hindu