Sugarcane growers demand compensation
The Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers' Association today urged the state government to pay compensation to farmers who have lost their crops in over 50,000 acres in the Kabini command aeas in Chamarajangara district.
In a press release Association President Kurubu Shanthakumar said the crops withered without water in a particular time since the authorities released water to Tamil Nadu. The State government should take steps to send officials to districts to study the estimated crop loss and five adequate compensations.
Stating that Farmers in Tamil Nadu were receiving compensation of Rs 13,800 per acre for crop loss, the Karnataka government should follow suit. The farmers had requested Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who recently visited Chamarajanagar, he added.
Mr Shanthakumar suggested that the State government put pressure on the Centre against notifying the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, by taking a delegation of farmers from the Cauvery command area to Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be apprised of the ground realities: the scarcity of water in the reservoirs and the sufferings of farmers.
Owing to lack of power supply, farmers were unable to pump even the available water to the fields, Mr Shanthakumar said. The problem should be addressed by the state government, he added.