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Kerala farmers having stakes in Karnataka demand ease in travel restrictions at border

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Mysuru: Kerala based National Farmers Producer Organisation has appealed to Karnataka State Government to cancel the mandatory RTPCR Covid negative test report to cross inter-State border.

Organization’s Chairman Philip George told media persons on Friday “the Kerala farmers who are into farming in Karnataka are put into a lot of hardships due to the restrictions. We can’t cross the State border without producing RTPCR negative report. As the farmers visit their plantations in Karnataka twice in a week, they can’t take negative report all the time. Every time farmers must wait for hours to obtain the report. Hence the Karnataka State Government should find a solution regarding this.”

Also we have requested the Karnataka State Chief Secretory through Kerala Government. We submitted a memorandum at Vidhana Soudha yesterday, said George.

Ginger and vegetable growers are more troubled due to the norms. There are over 5000 farmers inter-connected with Karnataka state. We want ease in restrictions at least in five districts in Karnataka like- Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Haveri and Shivamoga districts, explained George.

At least those who have completed second dose of vaccination should be allowed instead of seeking RTPCR report. Or else the authorities must insist on compulsory RTPCR negative report, only if the travellers haven’t taken second dose. It will be helpful to inter-state farmers from Kerala having stakes in Karnataka.

National Farmers Producer Organisation Vice- President V L Ajay Kumar, Treasurer Thomas, Executive Members George Manimala, Shinu Maroti, Sibi Mattethal, Shahaji K J, Sandeep and others were present.

– Team Mysoorunews

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