Sugarcane farmers have threatened to launch an indefinite stir in front of the residence of the district in-charge Minister V. Srinivas Prasad, to highlight their unresolved grievances.

This was decided at a meeting of the State Sugarcane Cultivators’ Association held in the city on Monday. Association president Kurubur Shanthakumar said the State government had “betrayed the interests” of sugarcane cultivators of Mysore, by fixing the support price at Rs. 2,500 a tonne. This has resulted in a loss of Rs. 500 a tonne for farmers.

‘Exclude charges’

The association said the government should ensure that the harvesting and transportation charges were excluded from the MSP, and the net price should be Rs. 2,500.

Although the government had fixed Rs. 2,500 as the support price, some factories have ignored this and are paying farmers Rs. 2,400 a tonne.

Indifference

In view of the “indifference of authorities to the predicament of sugarcane farmers”, the association in Mysore has decided to launch an indefinite stir outside Mr. Prasad’s residence from January 13, said the association president.

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