Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Refuting AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa’s allegations, Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam said the government had undertaken several measures for the benefit of sugar cane farmers.

In a press release here, he said for 2007-08, while the Central government’s statutory minimum price for sugar cane was Rs. 811.80, the State had increased it by Rs. 222.20 to make it Rs. 1034 in the State administered price. In 2008-09, the State increased it by Rs. 238.20 to make the State administered price Rs. 1050.

The government ensured that the cost of transportation produce from farms to mills within 10 km would be borne by the mills, benefiting farmers.

The Minister said Ms. Jayalalithaa’s statement that the harvest of sugar cane was being deferred by four to six months, was misleading. He said a system was in place for farmers to register online, based on which the harvesting time was determined.