Additional cane payment demand: Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana to hold ‘chakka jam’

Kolhapur: The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana in Maharashtra has initiated a protest demanding an additional payment of Rs 400 per tonne for last year’s sugarcane harvest and a price of Rs 3,500 per tonne for the ongoing season. As per media reports, efforts to resolve the matter proved futile as a meeting chaired by the Cooperative Minister yielded no results.

A chakka jam (roadblock) is scheduled by the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) tomorrow in response to no progess on their demands.

Sugar mills in Sangli and Kolhapur, two major sugar-producing districts in Maharashtra, are yet to pick momentum as the crushing season gets underway. The agitation by farmer union is causing disruptions in smooth crushing operations.

As per news report published in The Times of India, the traffic along Pune-Bengaluru National Highway 48 would be diverted through Kolhapur city on Thursday as thousands of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana workers, under the leadership of former MP Raju Shetti, have decided to block the route at the Shiroli bridge, just a few kilometres from the Tawade Hotel entrance of Kolhapur city.


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