Centre's permission sought to export 10 lakh tonnes sugar

Speaking to reporters, he said the State is expected to produce 38 lakh tonnes this year -- three lakh tonnes more than last year’s production. Due to the export restriction, sugar prices have dipped and as a result, many sugar factories have stopped the crushing activity, he pointed out.

In distress

On the other end, sugarcane farmers are in distress as the factories have stopped procuring their produce. Even those factories which are procuring cane are giving a meagre price leading to heavy loss to the farmers.

If the Centre allows the State to export sugar up to 10 lakh tonnes, the problem will ease considerably, he stated.

The sugarcane farmers in Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajnagar have already taken up protests, demanding adequate price to the produce.

Rs 1,800 per tonne

Last year, the factories had bought sugarcane at Rs 1,800 per tonne. The farmers this year want much more, the Minister said, adding that he will soon hold a meeting with the representatives of farmers and sugar factory managements in this regard.

Suvarna Bhoomi

Ravindranath, who is also Minister for Horticulture, said the department will soon disburse Rs 5,000 cash to each of 2,09,916 farmers selected under the flagship Suvarna Bhoomi scheme as the first instalment.

The second instalment of  Rs 5,000 will be given soon after verifying the crop pattern adopted by the beneficiary farmers, he added.

On the department's move to develop its horticulture farms under Public Private Partnership basis, he said the private investors have not shown any interest. Though the department had called for expression of interest, nobody had responded, he added.

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