C.Nallasami, secretary, Federation of Tamil Nadu Agriculturists’ Associations, has an innovative idea to rescue sugarcane farmers from the travails of poor price fixation. He points out that the Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Crops and Prices resigned in 2007-08 when his recommendation of Rs. 1,540 per tonne of sugarcane as the statutory minimum price was ignored by the Central government which instead announced Rs. 811.80 per tonne. Hence, Mr. Nallasami does not even want the governments to fix the price for sugarcane. Besides, the government has all along been accusing the cane growers of failing to go in for value addition. As ethanol has become virtually indispensable for mixing with petrol because of the huge outgo towards oil imports, he pleads that all the sugar mills be permitted to produce ethanol.

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