Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: A large number of sugarcane growers took out a procession in the city on Tuesday. They were demanding that the two sugar factories in Davangere district adhere to the Government Order which specified that they pay Rs.160 more for each tonne of sugarcane supplied by farmers during the year 2007-08. The agitators urged the district administration not to allow the two sugar factories to commence crushing work for this season till they paid the additional amount of Rs. 160 per tonne.

The agitators, led by Secretary General of the State Sugarcane Growers’ Association Tejasvi V. Patel, raised slogans against the management of the sugar factories for not adhering to the Government Order and they demanded the Government issue a stern warning to all the sugar factories in the State to pay the additional amount to farmers.

The sugar price was around Rs. 1,200 when crushing started last year and now the sugar price had gone up to Rs. 1,800. Similarly, the price of the molasses was Rs. 800 per tonne last year and now it had increased to Rs. 4,000. Power was available at Rs. 3.25 per unit and the same costs Rs. 8.25 now.

The agitators demanded that the Government insist that farmers should be given a share in the profits earned by the factories. The sugarcane growers said they would not allow sugar factories to start crushing till they paid them their due.