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IMD misled us, caused loss of lakhs of rupees, say Marathwada farmers

Farmers undertook sowing operations, based on the IMD forecast

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Farmers
Farmers

Farmers from a village in region today filed a police complaint against the India Meteorological Department, accusing it of colluding with seed and pesticide manufacturers and inflating the monsoon forecast figures.

The complaint, filed at the Dindrud police station in Majalgaon tehsil of Beed district, says officials of the and Colaba Department "colluded" with the manufacturers and caused loss of lakhs of rupees to farmers, who undertook sowing operations based on the forecast.


Gangabhishan Thaware, 54, a farmer from Anandgaon village in Beed district, who is among the complainants, told PTI that the officials misled farmers saying that there would be ample rain during the kharif season in June.

"Farmers undertook sowing operations, based on the forecast. But after a brief initial spell, there has been no rain and farmers are staring at a bleak future, with the sowing operations having gone waste," Thaware said.

"Farmers in our region completed pre-sowing operations before June, based on the forecast which said there will be ample rains in June-July this year," the farmer said.

"Despite scanty initial rainfall, farmers in our village undertook sowing operations as the forecast a good They spent lakhs of rupees on seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and labourers wages. However, there has been no rain since and our sowing operations have gone waste," the farmer said.

According to Thaware, farmers have also written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, seeking his intervention.

"officials and those in concerned seed and fertiliser companies, who colluded with each other and gave an inflated monsoon forecast are responsible for the plight of farmers and should be taken to task," the farmer said.

An official of the police station in Majalgaon said they have received the farmers' complaint and were looking into the matter.

No official was available for comment.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 15:52 IST
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