Sugarcane farmers urge Karnataka’s new CM to help them tide over the financial crisis

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Mysuru: Sugarcane farmers have urged the newly appointed Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to focus on the financial problems they are facing and take steps to address them.

According to the news report published in Thehindu.com, Kurubur Shanthakumar, president of the State Sugarcane Cultivators Association, while addressing the press conference said, “The Union government has hiked FRP for sugarcane by only Rs 10 per tonne to Rs 2,850 per tonne for 2020-21 but the cost of cultivation of sugarcane has increased heavily and farmers are not able to even recover the input cost. Hence we request Mr. Bommai to announce its own SAP for sugarcane. We also want the sugar mills to bear the cost of transportation of sugarcane from fields to mills.”

The association also repeated its demand of making it mandatory for all mills to share the profits arising out of the sale of sugarcane byproducts such as ethanol and bagasse.

Bommai on Wednesday announced a scholarship programme for farmers’ children to encourage them to continue education.

Speaking to reporters after chairing a single-member cabinet meeting today, Bommai said his government is committed to working for the farmers and poorer sections of society. “I have made some resolutions. Children of the farmers, for their education, higher education and to encourage them to continue education, a new scholarship scheme will be brought for the children of farmers with Rs 1000 crores,” said Bommai.

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