The Karnataka State Sugarcane Cultivators’ Association will conduct meetings in all districts to caution farmers against being carried away by “false promises” made by political parties.

The objective is to highlight the failure of various political parties to uphold farmers’ interests. This was decided during the State-level convention held here on Tuesday.

Kurubur Shanthakumar, president of the association, said that in the run-up to the Assembly elections, mainstream political parties would release their election manifestoes and try to woo farmers. The association would caution its members to be wary of parties’ promises as they were just “publicity stunts”.

“Though farmers are aware of the problems affecting them, they tend to be carried away by promises that have never been fulfilled. We will ask them to question political parties as to why they failed to implement the election manifesto released during the last elections,” he added.

Meetings would be held across all districts in the State once campaigning gained momentum, according to the association. Meanwhile, it has also urged the government to announce Rs. 15,000 per acre as compensation for crop loss owing to drought. The association has also urged the government to sanction subsidy to farmers to procure agricultural equipment. The government has also been urged to announce 75 per cent subsidy for installation of drip irrigation systems.

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