KGF demands govt to stop eviction drive

KGF demands govt to stop eviction drive

The coffee growers unanimously demanded the Karnataka Growers’ Federation to pressurise the government to stop the clearing of encroached land in the State, by submitting a petition before the court and the elected representatives should disclose their stand on the land eviction drive.

The issue was raised in the monthly meeting of the Karnataka Growers’ Federation convened at the Planters’ Club in Mudigere town on Friday.

The growers also demanded the Association to bring the issue of compensation to the notice of the government and ensure that model code of conduct do not hamper the process of distributing compensation to coffee growers who have incurred loss due to crop loss. If the schemes and programmes introduced for the benefit of the farmers are withheld due to election, the farmers will end up facing loss throughout the year, the growers pointed.

Addressing the meeting, Fedearation President B S Jayarama Gowda said that the condition of coffee growers with less than 25 acre land has turned from bad to worse. They have no proper facility to dry the coffee. A demand has been placed before the government to make facility for drying the coffee for small coffee growers.

“The Fedearation has written to the candidates of all the parties to declare their stand before the public on various issues such as measures for solving elephant menace, on eviction of encroached land, world heritage tag to Western Ghats, project Tiger.

The copies of the letter have been forwarded to the chief minister, revenue minister and the forest minister. We have also requested the government to extend the benefits of crops loss due to flood, to micro, small and large growers,” the President said.

It was also decided in the meeting to demand the banks to extend the deadline for repaying loans till next March, as farmers are not in a position to repay the loan due to heavy crop loss following rain.

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