Tamil Nadu: Farmers demand hike in sugarcane price

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Madurai: Sugarcane farmers under the banner of Tamil Nadu Sugarcane Farmers’ Association protested outside the Collectorate here on Saturday. They asked the Central and state government to hike the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane to ₹5,000 per tonne with a recovery rate of 9.5 per cent.

Recently, Cabinet approved a 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 news report published in Thehindu.com, N. Palanichamy, State president of the Association, said, “Most of the sugarcane grown in Tamil Nadu has a recovery rate of around 9.5 per cent. Therefore, farmers will get FRP of only around Rs 2,707.50 per tonne.”

“Also, the input cost of sugarcane cultivation has increased drastically. The farmers are suffering a lot due to Covid-19 pandemic. Hence, the government must increase the FRP in benefit of the farmers,” he further added.

Sugarcane farmers also demanded that the sugar mills should clear the pending cane arrears.

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