Sugarcane farmers demand higher FRP for 2021-22
Sugarcane farmers within the State have sought a rise within the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for the crop commensurate with the price of cultivation for 2021-22.
The FRP for the present yr is but to be introduced however the cultivators say they’re in dire straits owing to extend within the enter and cultivation value per tonne of sugarcane. The value varies from round ₹3,200 to ₹3,500 towards which the FRP for 2020-21 was ₹2,850 and is perceived to be grossly insufficient.
The State is among the many high sugarcane producers within the nation, after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. During 2021, the State introduced greater than 5.69 lakh hectares beneath sugarcane cultivation and produced 400 lakh tonnes, as per the federal government statistics. It is proposed to extend the world to six.68 lakh hectares within the present yr. But farmers aver it could be troublesome to satisfy the goal until there was incentive by the use of an assured worth which no less than met the price of cultivation.
“There are labour issues owing to the pandemic in rural areas and this will have a bearing on both sowing and harvesting in the next cycle unless the government announces a price which is both fair and remunerative’’, said Kurubur Shanthakumar, President, Karnataka Sugarcane Cultivators Association.
He said the price fixation based on sugar recovery per tonne of cane crushed was also not favouring the farmers in the absence of a transparent mechanism to ascertain the veracity of the statistics put out by sugar mills. “The mills tend to under quote the actual recovery of sugar to avoid additional payment and farmers suffer financially.”
The second wave of the pandemic noticed a surge in COVID-19 optimistic instances within the rural areas and persons are being suggested to be cautious of a attainable third wave which may end up in labour issues throughout harvesting, concern the farmers.
“The yield will decline if sugarcane stays unharvested past a sure interval and this may have a detrimental bearing on the farmers’ revenue,’’ stated Atahalli Devaraj, a member of the affiliation and a sugarcane farmer close to Bannur.
Hence the affiliation known as for early graduation of sugar crushing exercise in order to assist avert a attainable monetary disaster for the farmers.