Kolhapur: Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, the organization fighting for sugarcane farmers’ rights, will organise its 18th sugarcane convention on November 23. Raju Shetti, the leader of the organisation, said the conference, as usual, will be conducted at Jaysingpur in Kolhapur district.
He was speaking at a program organized in Udagaon to felicitate the organization’s lone MLA Devendra Bhuyar. Attacking to the government’s agricultural policy, he said, “Almost all the part of the state has experienced excess rainfall damaging crops. This will result in millers declaring low sugarcane price. We will not let this happen and will launch an agitation for the higher rate. All the MLAs are busy in politics but they do not have time to look after the plight of the cane growers.”
Flood in Pune, Sangli, Satara, Solapur and Kolhapur districts, the sugar belt of Maharashtra, have majorly hit the sugarcane crops, which will ultimately be going to impact the sugarcane production in Maharashtra. Also, farmers have uprooted sugarcane in the severely drought-affected regions of the state to feed their animals as other green fodders were not available. It will also likely to impact sugar output in Maharashtra.