A delegation of coffee growers from Kodagu, including some Congress leaders of the district met Chief Minister Siddharamaiah at the Government Guest House here yesterday and urged him to provide relief to the planters as they have suffered severe crop losses following torrential rains in Kodagu district in the past five months.

The delegation explained to the CM that due to the rains, coffee, pepper and cardamom crops had been damaged. About 35,000 hectares of robusta coffee and 35,000 hectares of Arabica coffee were damaged in the district.

The roads in the district too are in pathetically unmotorable condition, the delegation members said and urged special package for road repairs.

Former MLC C.S. Arun Machaiah told the delegation that the Coffee Board’s survey of the crops' loss in Kodagu was unscientific as they had only surveyed areas around Madikeri town whereas severe crop damage has occurred in Birunani, Pookola, Srimangala and other areas of south Kodagu and Shanivarsanthe, Chembu and Bhagamandala areas in north Kodagu.

Responding to the pleas, the CM directed his assistant to convene a meeting of the officials of various departments to discuss the growers’ problems. He also assured suitable compensation for Kodagu district planters.

Among the delegation comprising about 30 members who met the Chief Minister were Kodagu District In-Charge Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, Memeber of Parliament H. Vishwanath, former Minister Suma Vasanth, Kodagu District Congress President B.T. Pradeep and others.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore