Tomato farmers in Maharashtra who had shifted to soyabean just after dropping their tomato crop in May due to a virus attack, now experience a second blow as their soyabean planting has been unproductive due to faulty seed content.
Farmer Suresh Navale from Unchkhadak village in Akole taluka, Ahmednagar district instructed BusinessLine farmers in the district shifted to soyabean just after the substantial virus attack in May. Even so, that crop has also experienced due to lousy good quality seeds.
As opposed to other districts, Ahmednagar is agriculturally additional advanced, with big areas less than crops these types of as tomato, sugarcane, cotton and soybean in Kharif and sorghum, wheat, Bengal gram and onion in the Rabi time.
Navale, who planted soyabean on over a person acre in early June, has all but shed hope of making any money, with less 15 for every cent of the planted seeds germinating and exhibiting symptoms of eco-friendly shoots.
Farmers from throughout the state have complained about the very poor good quality of soyabean seeds. Above forty,000 issues have been submitted by farmers whose seeds have not germinated. Several FIRs have also been submitted from the seed businesses.
Farmer activist and leader, Kishor Tiwari, reported the time for supplying seed content to soyabean farmers by the State Govt is over. Now, all they can do is supply suitable payment to the farmers. The Seed Act is structured in these types of a fashion that it does not supply suitable tooth to the State Govt to prosecute businesses.
Tomato farmer, Vishnu Harak from Shivade village in Sinnar Taluka of Nashik district, reported farmers who acquired seeds from the marketplace had experienced losses as the seed was not suit for planting due to fungal ingress, but all those who had utilised seeds saved from previous year’s crop have been not struggling with any germination concerns.