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Sugarcane crushing target set at 300 lakh tonnes: Minister

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Setting targets: Minister for Sugar and Rural Water Supply S.A. Ravindranath speaking at the inauguration of warehouses at the APMC yard in Chitradurga on Monday.
Setting targets: Minister for Sugar and Rural Water Supply S.A. Ravindranath speaking at the inauguration of warehouses at the APMC yard in Chitradurga on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

It is an increase of 64 lakh tonnes over last year’s target, says Ravindranath

Eight sugar units have been revived this year

‘Non-functional units will be given out on lease’

Chitradurga: The Government has set a target of 300 lakh tonnes of sugarcane to be crushed this year, 64 lakh tonnes more than last year, Minster for Sugar and Rural Water Supply S.A. Ravindranath has said.

He was speaking to presspersons after inaugurating two new warehouses at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yard here on Monday.

The Minister said that the Government had revived eight sugar factories this year and granted licences for three new ones.

Compensation

“The Government is fully committed to helping sugarcane farmers.

It has distributed compensation of Rs. 10,000 each to those farmers who incurred losses owing to inadequate crushing units,” he said.

Mr. Ravindranath said the Government would lease out all non-functional, loss-incurring sugar factories for a period of 20 or 30 years.

In reply to a question, he said the Government had decided to lease out the Vani Vilas Sugar factory at Hiriyur for a 30-year period.

Transparency

R. Shivaprakash, Deputy Registrar, Taluk Agricultural Produce Cooperative Marketing Society, said the distribution system in the cooperative sector was more transparent than that in the retail sector.

G.M. Siddeshwar, Davangere MP, said that owing to rampant corruption and political interference, projects such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme were not being implemented properly.

Rather than helping the deprived sections of society, these schemes had become more “contractor, middlemen and official friendly”, he said.

Presiding over the function, Taralubalu Math seer Shivacharya Swami said farmers were suffering because of non-remunerative prices for their produce. Farmers were, therefore, resorted to extreme steps such as suicide, he said.

In order to make officials and elected representatives accountable to the people, they should be united in their efforts, he added.

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