Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MAIZE FARMERS DEMAND COMPENSATION FOR CROP FAILURE Wednesday, 23 October 2013 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

MAIZE FARMERS DEMAND COMPENSATION FOR CROP FAILURE
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Efforts of the Government to promote hybrid maize cultivation in Balangir district suffered a setback as the crop cultivated by villagers of Upparjhar and Nuanpali in Degoan block did not yield any harvest leaving the farmers to count heavy loss.
The Agriculture Department had given us JKMH-502 seeds in June last. While villagers of Nuanpali had cultivated it in 200 hectares, Upparjhar farmers had gone for 250 acres.
“There is hardly any seed in its fruit and out of 100 maize plants in a field fruit has been yielded in barely 20 plants and that too in small sizes,” said a farmer, adding that after the Aagriculture Department officials were apprised of this, they advised the cultivators to wait for some more time.
“Earlier, we used to earn Rs 15,000 per hectare from maize cultivation, but this year we have suffered huge loss, hence we demand adequate compensation,” said another farmer.
“Earlier we had submitted our petition to District Collector’s Grievance Cell but no action was taken,” he added.
Later, the farmers submitted a petition to Deputy Director of Agriculture demanding adequate compensation for the crop loss.
“We have received a complaint from the farmers of Nanupali and Upparjhar regarding poor performance of JK Agro Genetic maize and crop failure. The JK Agro Genetic was involved in Hybrid maize cultivation in the district under Public-Private Partnership mode. The Maize JKMH-502 variety was cultivated in 1980 hectares, of which poor performance was noticed in 980 hectares. This is characterized by lanky growth of the crop, short height, early upcoming of reproductive phase and poor grain filling. A total of 2,760 farmers have been affected due to this. We have intimidated this to Director of Agriculture in October first week,” said Deputy Director of Agriculture Manoranjan Mallick.
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