Rajapayalam, Tamil Nadu: The sugarcane grown over 5,000 acres in Rajapalayam and Srivilliputtur is yet to be cut due to lack of labour force.
The lockdown announced to prevent the spread of Covid-19 has stopped the transition of cane cutters from one place to other and the farmers from these areas are awaiting for them as the season is on the verge of ending.
According to the news report published in The Hindu, N A Ramachandra Raja, president of Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam said, “Sugarcane farmers are awaiting Dharani Sugars to cut the cane. Mill officials are complaining over non-availability of permission to ferry workers from other districts under the lockdown.”
Farmers have asked the district administration to look into the matter. Most of the workforce comes from Villupuram and Cuddalore districts. According to the media report, mill require clearance from the State government to bring a huge workforce as cutting the cane in the entire area in Srivilliputtur, Watrap, Seithur and Rajapalayam is not possible by the 20 per cent workforce locally available,