Farmers gearing up for nationwide protest

By TheHindu on 24 Mar 2017 | read

Various farmer associations are gearing up to organise a nationwide protest against the alleged failure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement the pre-poll and post-poll promises he had made to farmers on waiving crop loans and implementing the recommendations of the National Commission on Farmers headed by Prof. M.S. Swaminathan.

Tentatively, demonstrations will be held across the country on August 9.

But, a decision on the actual date will be taken at the meeting of Inter-State Farmers’ Organsiations slated to be held at Sangli (Maharashtra) on Thursday, said Kurbur Shanthkumar, president of the Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’ Association, here on Wednesday.

Speaking to presspersons, he reminded Mr. Modi of his several yet to be implemented pre-poll promises, particularly on waiving crop loans.

After becoming the Prime Minister, Mr. Modi had assured at least for 33 times of implementing Prof. Swaminathan’s recommendations to improve the condition of farmers and prevent their suicides, he said.

Mr. Shanthkumar attributed the fall in sugarcane cultivation to the failure of both the Centre and State governments in ensuring scientific price.

The Centre had announced Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of Rs. 2,300 per tonne at 9.50% sugar recovery for the crushing year 2015-16 and did not increase it for 2016-17.

The Union government was yet to announce FRP for 2017-18, he said.

He said in view of the fall in sugarcane cultivation — which would result in fall in sugar production this year— the Centre was considering to import sugar.

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