Karnataka sugarcane farmers demand hike in FRP; threaten to launch agitation

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Bengaluru: Sugarcane farmers in Karnataka have threatened to launch an agitation if the government failed to hike FRP (Fair and Remunerative Price) for sugarcane.

Terming the government’s decision of hiking FRP by Rs 50 per tonne unscientific, Kurubur Shanthakumar, president of Karnataka State Sugarcane Farmers’ Association president asked the government to hike FRP. He was speaking to reporters in Bengaluru.

He said, “The input costs including the fuel and domestic gas prices have increased but the government has hiked FRP by Rs 50 per tonne in last three years. We want the government to fix the FRP considering the cost of production of cane at Rs 3,200 per tonne.”

As per a news report published in Newindianexpress.com, he said, “If the government fails to hike FRP, over 25 lakh farmers in the state will picket the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.” He also gave one month’s time to consider their demand.

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