Mysore

Cane growers protest in front of minister’s house for relief

Seeking remunerative price for sugarcane, members of the State Sugarcane Growers Association staged a protest in front of Sugar Minister H S Mahadeva Prasad’s residence in the city.

Addressing the media, president of the SSGA, Kuruburu Shanthakumar said that Bannari Sugar factory in Mysuru has reduced its charges compared to last year. “Currently, the sugar price per quintal is Rs 4,000 and the factory authorities have failed to provide a fixed price for the production. The state government has failed to take any necessary initiative despite several protests in front of the district minister’s residence, deputy commissioner’s office. We have written many letters to the government to fix the price at Rs 3,000 per quintal of sugarcane.

“During the Belagavi session, the Sugar Minister had announced an additional support price of Rs 300 for remunerative price of Rs 2,300 for farmers of Bagalkot, Vijayapura and Belagavi districts, but the minister failed to announce the same remunerative price for Mysuru, Chamarajanagar and Mandya farmers,” Shanthakumar alleged.

Secretary of the association, Athahalli Devaraj said that in Uttar Pradesh, farmers are getting Rs 3,150, while the Haryana government is providing Rs 3,200 as state advice price (SAP). The paddy grown in Kabini catchment area has been wasted due to drought. There is no water in canals in Kollegal, Chamarajanagar and Yalandur taluks. The government should take measures to provide compensation of Rs 25,000 per acre for the crop loss,” he added.

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