The Chief of Warana Cooperative Sugar Mill and the former Minister of Jan Surajya Party Vinay Kore has appealed to farmers and their organisations to come together, along with all sugar mills, to launch a confrontation with the Maharashtra and the Centre.
Their demands are to increase the price of sugar in the open market, allow sugar export, and let the mills offer a minimum of Rs. 2,000 as first instalment (without any deduction) per tonne so that farmers would be duly compensated. Mr. Kore told presspersons on Sunday that 30 per cent of sugar in the country was provided to sweet products, 25 per cent to cold drinks, 12 per cent to ice cream manufacturers, which means 67 per cent was used for commercial and industrial purposes, and only 33 per cent was kept for common consumers. Hence increase in the prices of sugar in open market was necessary, as only 33 per cent will have to pay, he said. The Centre should let sugar export so that farmers get a fair price.
For this, all the farmers under the banner of their organisations and all sugar mills should come together to place these demands to the Union government, he said.