Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: Pressing for a charter of demands, the Tamilaga Vivasayigal Sangham has planned to stage a demonstration in front of Red Cross Society on February 2.

In a release, the president of the Sangham, M.R. Sivasamy, said that with agriculture proving to be unviable, farmers were taking to other activities resulting in fall in food production.

The import of commodities will not be a solution to bring down the prices. In the absence of increase in prices of sugarcane, sugarcane cultivation had come down resulting in sugar price hike.

The solution would be to encourage sugarcane cultivation by offering Rs 2,500 a tonne as minimum procurement price.

The sangham also urged the Government to utilise the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREG) for farm works.

NREG could be used for farm works as was done by Kerala and Gujarat. Fixing of meters for agricultural connections would also discourage farmers, hence it should be stopped.