Belgaum : Kurubur Shanthakumar, head of the Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’ Association, has threatened to stage a protest near the Vidhana Soudha, the state legislature building, if the state government doesn’t release the previous year’s pending Fair Remuneration Price (FRP) of Rs 150 per tonne by September 30, reported Deccan Herald.
Shanthakumar said that 30 lakh sugarcane growers in the state are in a severe crisis due to drought, which has reduced the yiel. Despite these challenges, the increase in FRP for sugarcane this year stands at only Rs 100 per tonne compared to the previous year, reaching a total of Rs 3,150. Shanthakumar urged the state government to expedite a more substantial increase within the next two weeks.
He demanded that the state government increase the FRP for sugarcane by Rs 250 per tonne and provide a compensation of Rs 25,000 per acre to farmers who have lost their crops.