The farmers leader urged that 70 pc of farmers’ representatives should be appointed at Central Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices
State Sugarcane Growers’ Association demanded reshuffling of the Central Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) by appointing 70 percent of farmers’ representatives from across the country presided by agriculturists to address farmers’ issues in an appropriate manner.
“The IAS officers designated to understand farmers issues in the CACP have failed to address problems that have been plaguing the farming community for several decades now. They have failed to secure scientific pricing for their produce. All these factors have in turn pushed the farmers to commit suicide in the state,” rued President of State Sugarcane Growers’ Association Kurbur Shanthakumar on Tuesday.
Addressing mediapersons, he condemned CACP for failing to set up scientific price for sugarcane, even though sugar price has increased to Rs 3,400 per tonne. Because of such unscientific measures and negligence towards farmers, a large number of farmers have committed suicide. Every farmer in the country is losing Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per acre in agriculture annually. Furnishing documents, he said, even in the local body, the tahsildars who have to compile the documents related to crop loss are deliberately ignoring farmers who have lost their crops due to drought, he noted.
Though the state government has announced a minimum price of Rs 2,300 per tonne of sugarcane, the sugar factories owned by most of the politicians fail to provide scientific price for sugarcane growers.
Even though farmers have raised the issue by a series of protests and submitted memorandum to the concerned authorities, the government has failed to extend concern towards sugarcane growers.
It is unfortunate that even the MPs from their respective constituencies have turned into mute spectators. Thus to highlight the issue, the sugarcane growers have planned to stage protest in front of the residence of every MP in future, he said.
The association will be organizing a state-level executive committee meeting in Dharwad on April 12, where the next course of action will be decided, he added.
Representatives of sugarcane growers’ association, general secretary Attahalli Devaraj, Mysuru Taluk President Varakodu Krishnegowda, Secretary Baradanapura A Nagaraju were present during the press meet.
The sugarcane growers association also demanded the state government to withdraw the cases booked against farmers for taking part in the Kalasa Banduri movement and those sugarcane growers who participated in the district-level agitation.