DFFA urges Centre, State Government to increase MSP

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Tirupati, Oct 17(UNI) The District Federation of Farmers Association (DFFA) today appealed to the Central and State Governments to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for sugar cane from Rs 1050 to Rs 1500 per quintal.

Talking to newspersons here, DFFA leader Manganti Gopal Reddy urged the Centre to implement the recommendations made by M S Swaminathan Commission and Bhargava Committee recommendations.

Mr Reddy alleged that after introducing 'Sugar Control Act' by the Centre, no sugar factory was opened in the district. The cutting charges for the sugar cane and the transport cost should be borne by the concerned factories only, based on the lines of Maharashtra and Gujarat, he added.

He said the Government should take steps to include purchase tax in the MSP. Out of 486 sugar factories in the State, 55 per cent belonged to Cooperative sector, 40 per cent owned by private and the remaining belonged to public sector, he added.

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