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Farmers reject groundnut seed, shift to cotton crop in Anantapur of Andhra Pradesh

A majority of black soil farmers in Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa districts have begun migrating from groundnut to cotton crops, after a groundnut seed selection, KL-1812, that was promoted by the Andhra Pradesh authorities fell out of demand through the kharif 2022.

The KL-1812, developed on the Kadiri Agriculture Analysis Station, was touted as one that might face up to conditions of each drought and extra rainfall. At a time when the nation confronted scarcity of edible oils, the KL-1812 promised to extend the whole yield and provides extra oil because it has 51% oil content material in comparison with 48% of its predecessor Ok-6, which phased out formally in 2020.

However, the demand drastically fell for the variability as farmers are preferring cotton, whose costs are ruling excessive available in the market .In consequence, 2,000 quintals of of KL-1812 selection seeds are left within the godowns.

The Andhra Pradesh Seeds Improvement Company, too, has 40,000 quintals of the KL-1812 selection left over from kharif, and the licensed seed is legitimate solely until March 2023 (finish of rabi season). Throughout the present rabi season, the company may promote solely 32 quintals in Anantapur to this point.

The amount of seeds given on subsidy in Anantapur, too, has decreased. Whereas it was 2.3 lakh quintals in 2021 kharif, it got here right down to 1.8 lakh quintals this time. Farmers, who bought KL-1812 even for ₹22,000 per quintal final 12 months, don’t come ahead to take it below the federal government subsidy scheme now.



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