The Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’ Association has taken exception to the delay in fixing the price of sugarcane as per the State Advisory Price (SAP), as promised by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar in the Assembly session held in Belgaum.

The growers have decided to meet Mr. Shettar, who has proposed to visit Chamarajanagar on January 9.

“Even one month after the announcement, the government has not bothered to talk about the SAP or growers from Chamarajanagar and Mysore districts, who met here under the chairmanship of association president Kurubur Shantakumar,” Attahalli Devaraj, general secretary of the association, said in a statement here on Saturday. Mr. Shettar had assured growers that the SAP would be implemented in one month’s time, he added.

Mr. Devaraj recalled the Chief Minister had said that a meeting of growers and sugar mill representatives would be convened in a month to announce the SAP. The meeting would also take a decision on the arrears owed by sugar factory managements to growers for supplying sugarcane in the previous year. Sugar mills in northern parts of the State were offering a sum of Rs. 2,500 a tonne as advance, and would also bear the cost of harvest and transportation.

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