Sugarcane farmers demand higher price in Karnataka

Bengaluru, Karnataka: Farmers from Karnataka have sought a higher price for sugarcane. They claim, the current sugarcane price is not adequate and even don’t cover the input cost. Recently, keeping in view the interest of sugarcane farmers, the Cabinet approved hike in the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane for sugar season 2020-21 at Rs. 285 per quintal for a basic recovery rate of 10 per cent.

According to the, Kurubur Shanthkumar, president, Indian Sugarcane Growers’ Association said, “The input cost per tonne of sugarcane is Rs 3,200, which is Rs 350 more than the FRP for the year. How can farmers survive if this is the attitude of governments? We demand that the state government announce SAP of at least Rs 3,200 per tonne.”

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