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cattle-feed: Cattle graze in a sugarcane farm in Holenarsipur taluk of Hassan district. .
cattle-feed: Cattle graze in a sugarcane farm in Holenarsipur taluk of Hassan district. .

Staff Correspondent

Farmers abandon sugarcane crop as plants have withered

HASSAN: The delay in announcing minimum support price for sugarcane and shortage of water has forced farmers in Holenarsipur taluk to abandon their crop.

They have not harvested it as the Government has shown little interest in helping them. To harvest the standing crop, a farmer requires Rs. 10,000 an acre.

Farmers Javare Gowda, Thimme Gowda, Rame Gowda and Siddappa said they were not in a position to harvest the crop and it had withered. Hence, they had allowed their cattle to feed on it instead, after which they said they would set it ablaze.

They said they had relied on water from the Sriramadevarakatte barrage. But the authorities announced that the canal would be repaired and hence shut off water supply six months ago. They were then forced to depend on rain and water from a borewell, which was insufficient. The minimum loss per acre they say is Rs. 30,000. Crop in more than 150 acres of land in Kattegudi, Doddabyagathanahalli and Hippavu have been hit.

The sugar factory in Chennaraypatna is 25 km away, but farmers are not in a position to transport their crop as it has withered. Its weight has reduced drastically. The factory will not accept poor quality sugarcane. To add to their woes, they cannot even make jaggery out of the crop.

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