Ryots demand fair price for sugar cane

The public sector sugar factories in the district like the Mysugar, Pandavapura sugar factory and the private factories are gearing up for the crushing that is likely to begin by the end of June or in the first week of July. However, the district administration has showed any interest to fix the rates for the sugar cane so far. The private sugar factories like Chamundeshwri and Koppa factories have said they are also prepared for the coming crushing season.

According to Konasale Narasaraju, district president of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha the sugar cane growers want the government to fix Rs 2,500 per tonne. “It is unfortunate that the authorities and the government are not serious about the issue.

No discussions

There have not initiated any dialogue with the ryots so far. The sangha has submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner seeking convening a meeting of sugar factories immediately to fix the price. We wil decide on the next step based on the DC’s response,” he said.

When contacted, Chairman of state-owned Mysugar and PSSK Nagarajappa said that the mills (machinery) of both the factories were being prepared for the crushing season. The crushing may begin in the first week of July.

“We will convene a meeting of the sugar cane growers in mid-June to decide the price,” he said.

Till the beginning of this year, the Mysugar factory has crushed about five lakh tonne of sugar cane and PSSK factory crushed more than 3.82 lakh tonne cane,” he added.

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