Farmers seek compensation for damaged onion crop

Coimbatore: Onion crop grown in 100 acres and due for harvest was totally damaged in unexpected rains in the last 10 days, a group of farmers said seeking compensation.

The farmers, belonging to CPI-affiliated Tamil Nadu Farmers Association, came with the rotten onions and submitted a memorandum to Collector T N Hariharan.

They said unseasonal rains experienced in the district had resulted in total damage of onion crop. Association President S Palanisamy in the memorandum said tonnes of stored onions had also been damaged, resulting in a loss of Rs 5 lakh per acre to the farmers.

He urged the government to come forward to give compensation of Rs 2 lakh per acre. Besides, there was heavy loss to banana growers in Mettupalayam, Annur, Sirumugai, Lingapuram and Kanuvai area, due to the heavy rains and they should also be adequately compensated, he said.


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