Bidar, which used to be the fourth largest sugarcane-growing district in the State, is all set to lose the tag, as the district’s farmers, hit by the long dry spell and unstable prices offered by sugar factories, seem to have reduced cane cultivation.Officials say this year’s harvest is just around 10 lakh tonnes, down from the average of 25 lakh tonnes over the past decade. This has hit sugar factories and the backyard jaggery-making units. Bidar has five sugar factories — three in the cooperative sector and two private units. Sugarcane is also bought by around 10 Khand Saris or mini factories that make diamond sugar and molasses.
The Bidar Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane, the oldest sugar producing cooperative in the district, may not crush sugarcane this year. Bad debts and ineffective management have driven the factory to this stage, allege farmers.The other reasons they attribute include fall in total output of sugarcane, the resultant high prices, lack of funds to clean and maintain machinery, settle dues of farmers and pay labourers.The factory in Hallikhed-Bujurg village, 30 km from the district headquarters, was started in 1961-62, by collecting share capital from farmers. Successive governments have provided working capital assistance before every crushing season. But the demand for converting these government funds into state equity has not been met by the state government.
“Scientific foodgrain storage is not mere dumping of gunny bags inside a big building. It is a multi-phased process that involves cleaning, drying, grading, disinfection and storage. The government’s responsibility does not end at financing the buildings. It should acquaint farmers with storage techniques by telling them how they will benefit from it and how to go about it,” Mr. Patil said. He said that the government should train farmers about different storing techniques regularly. Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari said the existing storage facilities will be used. “We are embarking on an ambitious project of building 186 rural godowns—one in each panchayat. Work on 20 godowns is complete … work on 100 more are in various stages of execution … We will start work on the remaining godowns in a month. We will then connect the old and new storehouses to the national agriculture market through the E-RMS system introduced by the State Agriculture Marketing Department. We will also train farmers about storing techniques and how to sell their produce online,” the DC said.
The activists of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) staged a protest in the city on Monday demanding that the Union government initiate measures to stabilise the price of arecanut.The activists of KRRS took out a protest march from Ashoka Circle that passed through the city’s main streets. Addressing a protest meet on the premises of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, H.R. Basavarajappa, Working President of KRRS, said that there has been a sharp decline in the price of arecanut in last one year. “The price of rashi variety of arecanut, that was traded at Rs. 300 per kg in June 2015, has come down to Rs. 230 now.
Members of the district unit of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha marched to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and staged a protest against the district administration and elected representatives of the district for their failure to get a positive response to their genuine demands here on Monday.
Scores of farmers and Kananda activists took out a massive rally here on Friday to urge the State government to immediately reopen the State-run Mysore Sugar Company Ltd. (Mysugar mill) to provide rel
Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Hasiru Sene staged a demonstration here on Thursday seeking their demands such as immediate revival of the State-run Mysore Sugar Company Ltd.