Farmers’ plea on sugarcane sales

Staff Reporter

SALEM: Farmers have urged the State government to allow them to sell their unregistered sugar cane to mills of their choice without obtaining a ‘No objection’ certificate from the mill in their area.

The process of obtaining NOC takes a long time and prevents farmers from getting a remunerative price for their unregistered sugar cane, farmers complained at their grievances redressal day meeting held here on Friday.

Collector J. Chandrakumar, answering the queries, promised that the demand would be taken to the notice of officials of the departments concerned.

He promised that the demand for insurance for the tapioca crop would also be taken to the notice of the State government.

A large number of people in Salem and neighbouring districts depend on the income from tapioca cultivation, farmers pointed out.

The Collector said the district administration had taken up initiatives to procure paddy through the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation and agriculture co-operative societies in the district.

The administration would also take steps to conduct special camps to provide educational loans to students in the rural areas, he added.

District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam, Joint Director of Agriculture Sekar Anandam was present.

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