All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) vice president Sarampalli Malla Reddy has demanded that the government set up a “chilli board” to ensure remunerative prices for growers. Mr Reddy was interacting with chilli farmers at a meeting held at the agriculture market yard here on Thursday.

A section of the chill growers told him that they disposed of their chilli produce at a meagre price of Rs 7000 per quintal after incurring huge expenditure due to high input cost and transportation. Pointing out that the chilli growers were facing uncertainty due to fluctuating prices of the commodity, he lamented that the government had left chilli growers in the lurch depriving them of minimum support price. The farmers, who harvested chilli against all odds posed by natural calamities like cyclones, were bearing the brunt of government’s apathy; he charged deploring that on an average a chilli grower was incurring losses to the tune of Rs 1 lakh per acre considering the sky-rocketing input costs and inconsistent prices for the produce.