Farmers to launch Jail Bharo Programme on Sugarcane MSP issue

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Bangalore, Feb 16 (UNI) Sugarcane growers farmers in Karnataka will launch a massive 'Jail Bharo' programme from Monday, if talks on the issue of fixation of minimum support price for Sugarcane with the state government fails, State Farmers Association president K S Puttannaiah said here today.

Addressing newspersons here today he said that the state government had failed to take any decision in solving the problems faced by the Sugarcane growers in the state for the last ten months.

The farmers associations demanding the announcement of Statutory Advisory Price (SAP) for sugarcane have also urged the state government to withdraw the purchase tax levied on farmers for sugarcane they supplied to the factories.

Blaming both the State and the Union governments for the plight of the sugar cane growers, Mr Puttannaiah alleged that main political parties were shedding 'crocodile tears' for the sufferings of the farming community hit hard by agrarian crisis.

He also announced that all the farmers associations in Karnataka had decided to come under one platform and fight for the causes of the farmers. A convention of farmers was also planned by the association shortly to highlight the problems faced by the farmers.

Farmers leaders including Basavaraj Thambake, Kodihalli Chandrashekhar were among those who were present on the occasion.

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