Offers to sell their produce in adjoining States
Ryots asked to ensure that they were paid them nothing short of Rs. 190 per percentage point of sugar recoverySuggests alternative to farmers if they fail to get remunerative price
HYDERABAD: Calling upon sugarcane growers in the State to carry on a spirited struggle for remunerative prices, noted peasant leader from Maharashtra, Sharad Joshi, has asked them to ensure that the factories paid them nothing short of Rs. 190 per percentage point of sugar recovery on crushing.
They should collect Rs. 150 as advance. If the managements were unwilling to meet the demand, they should sell the cane to jaggery units or dispose of it in Maharashtra or Karnataka. Addressing a State-level meeting of sugarcane growers organised by their joint action committee on Monday, Mr. Joshi recalled the agitation that he successfully led in Maharashtra in 1980 for higher prices and said the Government had no choice but to yield as the stir crippled normal life.
Expressing solidarity with their protest against paltry increase in MSP for sugarcane this year, Mr. Joshi said the Agriculture Prices Commission had always tried to cheat farmers. This was because of the anti-farmer attitude of communists who headed the commission under every Congress since 1971. TDP MP M.V. Mysoora Reddy, and TRS leader, V. Prakash, also spoke.