With a new ‘invasive thrips’ pest attack leading to major damages to red chilli crops in 1000’s of acres, farmers from the undivided Khammam and Warangal districts have announced a protest dharna in front of the Agriculture Commissioner’s place of work in Hyderabad afterwards these days.
The attack have attacked the red chilli vegetation at the flowering phase, creating them incapable of bearing the fruits. As they attacked the vegetation, they also carried a virus alongside, leading to additional damage to the crop in extensive stretches.
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“Since there is no scope for revival of the crop, farmers have plucked the vegetation out,” Rambabu, a chief of Telangana Rythu Sangham, advised BusinessLine.
The farmers, who have invested about ₹1.five-2 lakh an acre on elevating the crop, are demanding a compensation of ₹1 lakh an acre. “The farmers have lost nearly all of the investments as the crop unsuccessful them this year. We are appealing the Point out governing administration to bail them out,” he said.