Karnataka farmers demand higher FRP for sugarcane

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Mysuru: Sugarcane farmers from the Mysuru region have demanded the government to consider the hike in fair and remunerative price for sugarcane considering the input cost of cultivation.

Kurubur Shanthakumar, president of Karnataka Sugarcane Cultivators Association, said, “The cost of sugarcane cultivation has been increased but the FRP fixed by the government remains the same and farmers are unable to recover the money they have spent for cultivation of the sugarcane crop. The government should help farmers by announcing some beneficial measures.”

He said,“Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has failed in holding a pre-budget meeting with the farmers to discuss the issues related with the cane farmers. The farmers are in dire straits and the feedback from the community would have helped the government conceive policies to bail them out of the crisis.”

“Waiving of cess on diesel used by farmers for their tractors is one step to reduce the burden of input costs. We want several other measures the government should take to reduce the input costs and benefit farmers,” he further added.

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