Seeds delayed, Karnataka farmers tie agriculture officer to gate | Hubballi News – Times of India


A protester ties up Shindhe

KALABURAGI: Farmers in Aurad taluk of Bidar tied an agriculture officer to the gate of the Raitha Samparka Kendra to protest against the non-availability of soybean seeds over the past week, reports Mouneshwar Sonnad. Shouting slogans against the government, the farmers tied Kendra officer Bheemrao Shindhe’s hand to the gate in a symbolic protest on Thursday.
Farmers said the time to sow is now and if the seeds are delayed, they will be of no use. They demanded that the officer give them seeds or poison. They released Shindhe after 15-20 minutes, seeking action on their demands. The incident came to light on Friday. Farmers said there has been good rain in Aurad and they have been making rounds of the Kendra for the past few days. The officials have no answer and no seeds, they said. Agriculture officials did not respond to TOI’s calls.
On Monday, farmers picketed the taluk agriculture office during joint director of agriculture (Bidar) Taramani’s visit, and demanded that soybean seeds be supplied immediately. As no seeds arrived, they protested at the Raitha Samparka Kendra on Thursday.

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