The ruling YSR Congress and the opposition Telugu Desam Party have started blaming each other for the agriculture crisis in the State, particularly the non-availability of seeds ahead of the kariff season. The farmers are in the state are running from pillar to post looking for the seeds as the monsoon arrives, though delayed by a month. But, the seeds are not available with the government outlets. The AP Seeds Development Corporation has no seed stocks for the season. The farmers are holding protests in some places and in Rayalaseema, the farmers are looking for the groundnut seeds in vain.
The Opposition TDP alleged that the government had completely failed to provide seeds for the farmers. It said that neither chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy, nor agriculture minister Kurasala Kanna Babu have any knowledge of agriculture and hence the farmers are facing the problem. TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu, its national general secretary Nara Lokesh and dozens of the party leaders have blamed the government for its failure to address the issue.
However, the ruling YSR Congress is pointing an accusing finger at the TDP for its failure to give money to the AP Seeds Corporation for seeds procurement much ahead of the season. The YSR Congress leaders said that the TDP government had diverted the funds to the last-minute promises of Pasupu-Kumkuma and Annadata Sukheebhava schemes with an eye on elections. This diversion had emptied the exchequer to pay money to the AP Seeds Corporation to acquire seeds and keep them ready for the season. The seeds were to be acquired from November itself when the harvesting begins and the acquired seeds are to be processed and kept ready for the farmers by this time.
Unfortunately, as there was no money with the AP Seeds, it could not acquire seeds and hence the problem, say the YSR Congress. However, the government has to take steps to acquire seeds on a war footing and help the farmers to overcome the crisis for the season.