Sugarcane farmers protest in Bengaluru to demand hike in FRP

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Bengaluru: Sugarcane farmers staged a protest in Bengaluru demanding a hike in the fair and remunerative price (FRP) for sugarcane for the current cane crushing season.

The farmers stated that the FRP of Rs 2,900 per tonne announced by the Centre is not sufficient to even cover the input cost incurred for growing sugarcane crop. The farmers have demanded the government to hike FRP to Rs 3,500 per tonne.

Kurubur Shanthkumar, president of the Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’ Association said, “The government has increased the FRP by Rs 50 per tonne from last year’s Rs 2850 per tonne. The cost of cultivation continues to rise, therefore the government should hike FRP to Rs 3500 per tonne.”

The farmers under the leadership of Shanthkumar met chief minister Basavaraj Bommai and submitted the memorandum of their demands.

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