Tikait demands higher prices for sugarcane

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 1, 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 1, 2009 - 18:28

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