Growers threaten to intensify agitation

MADIKERI, JULY 24. Office-bearers of the Kodagu Growers' Federation have accused the Union and State governments of ignoring the plight of coffee growers, with the Union and State budgets not announcing any relief measures for the coffee industry.

Anwar Hussain, spokesperson of the federation, told presspersons that his organisation would intensify its agitation by involving plantation labourers if the Government did not meet its demands. The Government would be responsible if the situation went out of control, he warned.

He noted that the members of the federation still pinned hopes on the promises given by the former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda; D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MP; and people's representatives elected from the district on bailing out coffee growers.

The growers had all along agitated in a peaceful manner, he said and added that it might not be so in future if the Government did not do anything about their demands.

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