December 7, 2023

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Maharashtra’s farmers suffer another blow as soyabean crop fails

Tomato farmers in Maharashtra who had shifted to soyabean right after shedding their tomato crop in Might thanks to a virus attack, now facial area a second blow as their soyabean planting has been unproductive thanks to defective seed substance.

Farmer Suresh Navale from Unchkhadak village in Akole taluka, Ahmednagar district instructed BusinessLine farmers in the district shifted to soyabean right after the enormous virus attack in Might. Even so, that crop has also suffered thanks to bad top quality seeds.

In contrast to other districts, Ahmednagar is agriculturally far more state-of-the-art, with substantial locations under crops such as tomato, sugarcane, cotton and soybean in Kharif and sorghum, wheat, Bengal gram and onion in the Rabi period.

Navale, who planted soyabean on over just one acre in early June, has all but dropped hope of earning any revenue, with less 15 for every cent of the planted seeds germinating and exhibiting signals of green shoots.

Farmers from across the point out have complained about the weak top quality of soyabean seeds. In excess of 40,000 grievances have been filed by farmers whose seeds have not germinated. Many FIRs have also been filed against the seed corporations.

Farmer activist and leader, Kishor Tiwari, claimed the time for providing seed substance to soyabean farmers by the State Authorities is over. Now, all they can do is give suitable compensation to the farmers. The Seed Act is structured in such a manner that it does not give suitable enamel to the State Authorities to prosecute corporations.

Tomato farmer, Vishnu Harak from Shivade village in Sinnar Taluka of Nashik district, claimed farmers who purchased seeds from the current market had suffered losses as the seed was not fit for planting thanks to fungal ingress, but these who had applied seeds saved from previous year’s crop were being not facing any germination troubles.