ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Farmers Agitations

JUST when the current kharif harvest has been officially pronounced as a highly satisfactory one, with foodgrains production at a record level of 80 mn tonnes and relatively satisfactory output of other crops like sugarcane, cotton and groundnut, large parts of the country have been witnessing mili-tant expressions of discontent by agriculturists, In Maharashtra farmers have been demanding Rs 300 per tonne for sugarcane, Rs 700 per quintal for cotton and Rs 100 per quintal for onions, In Gujarat their demands are lower prices of fertiliser and power, better prices for cotton and ground-nut and writing off of rural debts. In Kaniataka the targets of the farmers' ire have been the betterment levy and water rates imposed by the govern-ment in the command areas of irrigation projects like Malaprabha and Ghata-prabha. in Tamil Nadu the latest phase of the on-going agitation of the well organised Tamil Nadu Agriculturists' Association has been focused on the demand for lower power rates and resistance 10 the government's drive to recover arrears of power dues

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