Tikait demands higher prices for sugarcane
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 01, 2009, 18:28
  
Lucknow: Demanding higher prices for sugarcane in Uttar Pradesh, Bhartiya Kisan Union president Mahendra Singh Tikait on Tuesday said that if farmers did not get the right price for their crop, they will have no other option but to sell it in other states.

"We do not want any confrontation, but if the farmers in Uttar Pradesh do not get right price for their produce, they will have no other option than to supply cane to neighbouring states," Tikait said while addressing a 'Kisan Panchayat' organised by BKU here.

He said that several states including Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra were paying prices much higher than UP for cane.

"Though farmers cannot take their cane to Maharashtra, we will supply our produce to Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana," he said.

"In that case attempts would be made to stop farmers at barriers on the border, which may spark trouble," Tikait said.

He said that if cane prices are fixed on the basis of sugar prices, the farmers should get a rate of at least Rs 350 per quintal.

"Last year when sugar was being sold at Rs 15 per kg, farmers were getting Rs a rate of Rs 145 per quintal. Now when the sugar is being sold at Rs 35 per kg, the farmers should get a minimum of Rs 350 per quintal," he said.

The BKU president claimed farmers were facing a tough time only due to the wrong policies of the government.

"From the last one-and-half month farmers are camping in Delhi and Lucknow, they are committing suicide and setting their crop on fire, who is responsible for all this? The government," he said.

Criticising the land acquisition policies of the state government, Tikait alleged that agricultural land was being acquired at throw away prices.

"In Lucknow agricultural land was acquired at the rate of 40 paise per square foot and was later sold at the rate of Rs 20,000 per square foot," he said.

"I fail to understand if representatives elected by the people are here to run the government or do business. The farmers should get compensation at the market rate," he demanded.

Meanwhile, a delegation of BKU leaders met senior bureaucrats at submitted a memorandum demanding minimum SAP of Rs 280 per quintal.

Tikait, later said the government had assured the delegation that efforts were being made to hike cane rates being offered by the sugar mills and directives had been issued to divisional commissioners in this regard.

"The delegation was assured that the farmers will get uniform rates," he said.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 01, 2009, 18:28


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