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ULTIMATUM: Sugarcane farmers protesting in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office in Davangere on Wednesday.
ULTIMATUM: Sugarcane farmers protesting in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office in Davangere on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

Sugar factories urged to pay Rs. 1,500 for one tonne

DAVANGERE: Farmers of Davangere district urged the Government to direct all the three sugar factories in the district to pay a price of Rs. 1,500 for a tonne of sugarcane.

At a meeting of sugarcane farmers organised by the Bharatiya Raitha Okkoota here on Wednesday, the farmers took a unanimous decision not to harvest the crop until the Government intervened in the matter and directed sugar factories to pay Rs. 1,500 for a tonne of sugarcane from this year.

Earlier in the meeting, K.M. Kotreshappa, president of the Raitha Okkoota and H.R. Lingaraj, secretary general, said the production cost had gone up considerably owing to the rise in the prices of fertilizers and transportation costs. Other overhead costs involved in the cultivation had further burdened the farmers, they said. Farmers spent a lot of money on electricity charges. Mr. Kotreshappa also demanded an advance of Rs. 500 per tonne.

The farmers also urged the Government to re-start the Bhadra Sugar factory.

Mr. Lingaraj said sugarcane had been grown in over 4,500 hectares in the district and there would be an yield of 100 tonnes sugarcane from each hectare. He said the Okkoota would soon meet Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Minister for Sugar S.A. Ravindranath in this regard and apprise them of farmers' problems.

Farmer leaders Nagaraj Rao Kondajji and Ravi said farmers were in a desperate situation as they were "cheated" by sugar factories.

Later, the farmers staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office and submitted a memorandum to him.

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