Shetkari Sangathana,under the leadership of Sharad Joshi and its state president Ravi Devang,carried out an Ishara Morcha (warning rally) in the city on Friday and demanded that the Union government lift the export ban on sugar,cotton and non-basmati rice. It also demanded that sugar growers should be paid Rs 2,100 as first installment and Rs 3,000 has the final payment for the sugarcane this season.
The rally started from Gandhi statue near Pune Station and headed towards agriculture commissioner office after offering garland to the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar. A memorandum enlisting various demands was handed over to Director of Agriculture as Agriculture Commissioner PrabhakarDeshmukh was absent.
The government should give strict orders to all the sugar factories to clear dues for 2010-11 and that the farmers must get Rs 2,100,excluding harvesting expenses as the first installment of the sugar cane advances for this season. Export bans on various agricultural commodities is an unjust intervention by the union government into the market which boasts by introducing India to the open market. We are demanding an open market for agriculture commodities just like industrial products. Once we get an open market,we will not need subsidies, said Devang.
Devang warned that if the government doesnt give a positive response,the organisation would not allow sugar factories in Western Maharashtra to light chimneys.