Mysuru, August 12:- The central government has failed to raise Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for sugarcane since three years. It is showing indifferent attitude when it comes to helping sugarcane growers. In 2018, FRP was fixed as Rs 2,750 per tonne but in 2019 and 2020, the Centre, bowing to sugar lobby, didn’t increase in the FRP. Strangely, none of the Members of Parliament from the state has bothered to raise the issue with the Centre which amounts to cheating. The Centre should fix FRP for sugarcane at Rs 3,200 per tonne,” said State Sugarcane Growers’ Association president Kuruburu Shanthakumar here on Wednesday (August 12).
Shanthakumar was talking to the media at Mysuru Press Club.
He said, “The Centre’s Rs 1 lakh crore package for farmers is misleading. Only two months back, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced Rs 20 lakh crore package to boost the Indian economy. What was announced then is being repeated now. If they really have any concern for the farmers, they should fix the minimum price for farmers’ produce. The government should have a scientific system where it can buy farmers’ produce directly from them. If it wants, it can utilise the funds supposed to be passed on to the farmers on fertilisers and seeds. They need to take steps to see that there is enough urea. Farmers are suffering from floods and coronavirus. The government should at least help the farmers with seeds and fertilisers.”
Continuing further, Shanthakumar said, “August 15 will be observed as ‘black day’ to protest against Land Reforms Act, APMC Act, Electricity Act and Corporate Farming Act. This is being done to cheat the farmers. We will be fighting with the slogan ‘Let our land remain with us.’ The protest is also against the blind decisions of the government and it will be held near Gandhi Square in the city. Similar protests will be held in all the districts of the state.”
Kirasaguru Shankar, Ramegowda and Nagaraj were present during the press conference. (MR/KS)