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Sugarcane growers urge government to look into their problems

Mysuru, November 5:- It is a long-pending issue which needs to be addressed at the earliest. The fight between sugarcane growers and sugar factories has been on for a very long time.  Despite knowing the intensity of the problem, the state government seems lethargic when it comes to solving it. The reasons are many. Most of the sugar factories are owned by politicians and powerful people who virtually call the shots.

Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’ Association has again requested the state government to solve the problems of sugarcane growers. They submitted a request letter to the Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar at the DC’s office here and held a meeting with him on Monday.

“Bannari sugar factory is troubling the farmers by not buying sugarcane at the right time. They are buying sugarcane from other districts. This is making the farmers from Mandya District wait for a long time. Farmers are worried by the delay in purchase of the sugarcane grown by them. Though the state government has instructed the sugar factories to buy sugarcane from local farmers, they are not following it. The factory has paid only FRP price for the year 2017-18. The last instalment of SPP has not been paid either. Action should be taken immediately to make them pay the pending amount. Though a legal agreement has been made between the farmers and sugar factory, they have clearly violated the agreement. They are taking signatures from the farmers to suit their wishes,” alleged the farmers.

“After the implementation of STP Act in Karnataka, sugar factories are showing lesser output. This is costing the farmers in FRP price. Considering crops at all the farms, payment should be decided,” urged the farmers.

“Several nationalised banks have registered complaints against the farmers who have taken farm loan. Kaveri Grameena Bank is asking for a higher rate of interest for loans against gold. A meeting should be called immediately to solve these problems,” they requested.

State organising secretary of the organisation Athahalli Devaraj and others were present. (MR/HN)

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