Short supply of seeds from the Agricultural Department has distressed farmers in Ganjam district raising doubts over kharif cultivation.
According to the Deputy Director of Agriculture Office sources, an indent was sent to the Department for supply of 54.78 quintals of paddy seeds but till date only 34 quintals had been received. This year paddy seeds were to be distributed through 125 primary co-operative societies and 132 dealers to speed up the process. Earlier, the Department supplied seeds through its outlets in 22 blocks in the district.
The farmers apprehend that the financial distress plaguing the co-operative societies is delaying distribution of seeds.