Crop loss due to defective seed, say farmers

Shimla, August 2

Farmers of Theog and Kusumpti in Shimla district have blamed the 'defective' cauliflower seed provided by a multi-national company for their crop loss. About 40 to 50 per cent of their crop has been damaged.

The farmers demanded compensation from the government and said the 'Lucky' brand cauliflower seed had proved to be 'unlucky' for them. They added that the company, which sold the seed at Rs 90,000 per kg, had washed its hands of the issue, leaving the farmers in the lurch. Now, the Himachal Kisan Sabha, which has taken up the cause.

President of the Shimla unit of the HKS, Satyavan Pundir, said cauliflower farmers had suffered 40 and 80 per cent losses allegedly due to defective seeds. — TNS

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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