United Kisan Morcha leader Avik Saha told Amar Ujala that there has been an uncontrolled increase in the price of electricity, fertilizers, water, pesticides, seeds, agricultural machinery. This has led to a sharp increase in the production price of sugarcane along with all the crops and has increased the cost of agriculture. So if the government wants to save sugarcane farmers, it will have to raise its minimum price to Rs 425 per quintal…
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United Kisan Morcha leader Avik Saha told Amar Ujala that there has been an uncontrolled increase in the price of electricity, fertilizers, water, pesticides, seeds, agricultural machinery. This has led to a sharp increase in the production price of sugarcane along with all the crops and has increased the cost of agriculture. Therefore, if the government wants to save sugarcane farmers, then it will have to raise its minimum price to Rs 425 per quintal. It is not possible to cultivate sugarcane at a price lower than this and farmers are no longer ready to negotiate for less than this price.
Describing the increase in sugarcane price by Rs 25 per quintal as an attempt to “mislead” the farmers, the farmer leader said that the government should develop a vision that farmers are our own people. If their financial condition is better then they will be able to buy more goods. This will make it easier to sell the products of big industrial companies and the economy will pick up pace.
Farmer leader Dr. Ashish Mittal said that the increase in the price of any crops should not be a ruckus at the time of elections. For this, an organization working on a scientific method (Agriculture Commission) should be established, which should increase the price of each crop every year keeping in mind the cost of crops at its scheduled time. Till the price rise of crops is not freed from political gimmicks, the problems of farmers will never end.
Government should fulfill its promises
Malik said the sugarcane price in the neighboring states is up to Rs 362 per quintal, while the electricity prices in these states are very low, which makes the cost of production of sugarcane relatively low. In such a situation, the government should reconsider its decision and try to bring the price of sugarcane at a reasonable rate.
Varun increased the difficulty of the government
The Yogi Adityanath government had tried to reduce the displeasure of the farmers by increasing the prices of sugarcane before the elections, but the efforts of the government have got a setback from the BJP camp itself. BJP MP Varun Gandhi once again raised his voice in favor of farmers and said that the cost of agricultural production has increased significantly. The price of sugarcane crop should be minimum Rs 400 per quintal. After an increase of Rs 25 per quintal, it is now Rs 350 per quintal. He has said that if the government cannot directly increase due to any technical reasons, then it should adopt a policy of giving an additional bonus of Rs 50 per quintal.