Tamil Nadu Foodgrains Merchants Association has welcomed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's announcement of granting subsidy of Rs. 10,000 per acre to sugarcane farmers. In a statement, its secretary S.V.S.S. Velshankar termed it as “a long-term measure that will encourage farmers at a time when they are undergoing difficult times.” It would provide solace to farmers who were not getting remunerative prices for their produce. He also requested the Chief Minister to consider extending the subsidies to farmers of other products also.