Members of Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’s Association and Hasiru Sene staged a protest demanding scientific price
Staging a protest in front of MP Pratap Simha’s office at Jaladarshini Guest House, Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’ Association demanded the central government to raise Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) to Rs 3,000 per quintal of sugarcane, here on Monday.
State President of the Association, Kuruburu Shanthakumar urged the MP to address the issue afflicting the cane growers.
He said that while the production cost amounted to Rs 3088, the central government announced FRP of Rs 2,300 per quintal of sugarcane for the financial year 2016-17. This is unscientific and the government should reconsider its decision, he added.
“An average yield of sugarcane expected in an acre of land is 35 tonnes and the cost of cultivation per acre is Rs 1,08,090 which amounts to an average of Rs 3,088 per tonne. The farmers, moreover, have to spend thousands of rupees for preparation of land, seed, cutting and transport, cleaning, treatment, plantation and de-weeding,” he said.
He further demanded to fix the price for crops as per Dr Swaminathan report and appoint farmers for the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).
He noted that the state government was neglecting the farmers though it was well aware of the process of sugarcane cultivation. If the government failed to reconsider its decision, the farmers will stage a protest in front of the offices of MPs across the state. Added to it, a massive protest will be organised in front of the office of Union Agricultural Minister, he added.
Sugar factories gain more than Rs 4,000 per tonne from various by products of sugarcane. However, the income is not reaching the farmers, he noted.
Indefinite strike from April 21
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene have decided to organise an indefinite agitation at all the district headquarters from April 21.
Addressing mediapersons, Hasiru Sene chief Badagalapura Nagendra said the state and central government are untouched by the woes of the farmers even when they are reeling under drought and forced to the brink of committing suicide.
Both the state and central governments have failed to provide pro-farmer policies. The activists further demanded that interest-free loans be provided to the farmers and also ensure drinking water to rural areas, they noted. Farmers leader Hosakote Basavaraju was also present during the press meet.
Members of Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’s Association and Hasiru Sene led by Kurubur Shanthakumar staged a protest in front of MP Pratap Simha’s office on Monday.