Farmers body demands revival of sugar mills

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Mandya: Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) has demanded the state government to revive the state-owned Mysore Sugar Company Ltd. (Mysugar) and the Pandavapura Sahakari sakkare Karkhane (PSSK). The organisation’s representatives from K R Pet taluk threatened to launch an agitation over their demand.

Both mills are lifelines of the hundreds of cane farmers in the district which are defunct due to technical issues from the past few years.

The KRRS leaders urged Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to take immediate steps to revive these sugar mills. Maruvanahalli Shankar, taluk president of KRRS, said, “The three private sugar mills operating in the district have not shown any interest in harvesting sugarcane grown by the farmers that fall in the jurisdiction of these two mills”.

Sugarcane farmers in the state are already under stress as they have been waiting for the pending cane dues. Following which, they have intensified their protest against mills and government.

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