Karnataka: Sugarcane farmers threaten to agitate for pending payment

Mysuru: Kuruburu Shanthakumar, the President of the State Sugarcane Farmers Association, issued a warning on Sunday. He threatened to start a protest across the state if farmers don’t receive promised Rs 150 extra payment for each tonne of sugarcane delivered to the factories, reports The Times of India. He has set August 31 as the deadline for this.

Shanthakumar mentioned that HC Mahadevappa, the minister in charge of the district, assured to resolve this problem. He said they will discuss the concerns of sugarcane growers in a meeting involving the sugar minister, law minister, and representatives of the farmers. This meeting is planned for August 30 in Bengaluru.

If this meeting does not satisfy their demand, Kuruburu Shanthakumar warned that the farmers would begin protesting against the state government.

Kuruburu also claimed that although the government instructed all sugar mills to pay an extra Rs 150 for every tonne of sugarcane in the previous year’s crushing season, many factories have not yet given this additional amount.


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