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Farmers break coconuts on road in protest against fall in prices

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Venting ire: Farmers break coconuts on E.V.N. Road in Erode. —
Venting ire: Farmers break coconuts on E.V.N. Road in Erode. —

Staff Reporter

They seek increase in procurement price to Rs. 100-a-kg

ERODE: Farmers affiliated to the Tamizhaga Vivasayeegal Sangam in Erode and Tirupur districts protested here on Thursday against the fall in coconut price.

Led by K. Venkatachalam, state treasurer, the farmers gathered on E.V.N. Road, near Surampatty Naal Road, and smashed coconuts on the road. The farmers said they were hurt by the drop in price to Rs. 2 a coconut. Mr. Venkatachalam said at the current price of Rs. 2 - Rs. 2.50 a coconut, farmers suffered only loss. The price had remained so for about a fortnight now.

Pointing to the Union Government’s move to procure copra or dry coconut at Rs. 44.20 a kg, the farmers said, as there had been only meagre procurement the government must stop import of coconut and permit export.

The farmers also sought increase in procurement price to Rs. 100 a kg and in the event of government of failing to do so, wanted permission to tap toddy.

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