MP`s fast for higher sugarcane price continues
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 22:40
Pune: The fast undertaken by farmers' leader and MP Raju Shetty at Baramati, the home town of union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, demanding hike in sugarcane procurement prices continued for the second day on Tuesday.

Shetty's "Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana” has demanded a price of Rs 2,350 per quintal for the sugarcane purchased by sugar cooperative factories from growers.

Hundreds of agitating farmers reached Baramati yesterday after a six day "Padayatra" led by Shetty which commenced from the pilgrim town of Pandharpur.

Shetty who has declared his resolve to continue the fast till the state government agreed to his demand, today said he had not received any invitation for talks so far but welcomed reports that the Minister for Cooperation Harshavardhan Patil was willing to hold talks with the agitating farmers.

Addressing his supporters, he said Pawar was the senior most political leader in the state and should intervene to settle the demands of sugarcane growers in the state as he had a "powerful hold" on the cooperative sugar sector in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had yesterday said that a "practical solution" was needed to settle the issue as the price to be paid to the growers depended on the price fetched by the final product-sugar.

Shetty also alleged that police were resorting to "repressive" measures to disperse the agitating farmers camping with him in Baramati in support of his fast.


First Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 22:40

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