Sugarcane woes: Farmers' seminude protest continues

Sugarcane woes: Farmers' seminude protest continues

A protesting sugarcane Belagavi farmer climbs up a mobile tower to draw government's attention to farmers' plight on Friday. DH photo.

A Belagavi farmer climbed a wireless tower to draw the attention of the state government towards sugarcane farmers plight. Belagavi farmers have launched an indefinite protest in the premises of both Deputy Commissioner's and Regional Commissioner's offices, to draw the attention of the state govenrment to their plight.

Intensifying their seminude protest, the farmers slept under a Belagavi City Corporation vehicle in support of their demands.


The farmers are striking for clearance of pending sugarcane bills and arrears (to be paid by sugarcane factories). Besides dues, farmers have also demanded fixation of sugarcane minimum price for the current season.

They pressed for closure of the factories if the dues are not settled. They demanded that defaulting factories be seized.

They locked up the regional commissioner's office, to express their anger and condemned the inaction of the government in addressing the concerns of the farmers.

No faith in officials

Protesters said they had no faith in officials and urged that Chief Minister H D Kumarswamy himself intervene and resolve issues. They raised slogans against Municipal Administration and District Incharge Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi and Deputy Commissioner S B Bommanahalli. One of protestors Jayashree sat with stone on her head to express plight of farmers.