BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Monday called on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to further increase the purchase price of sugarcane to Rs 400 per quintal, mentioning farmers are in "misery" and have been optimistic for a higher increase. His remarks come a day after Adityanath announced a Rs 25 per quintal hike in the purchase prices of sugarcane in the state taking it to Rs 350 per quintal.
Moreover,” in th last 4 years, the input cost for farmers such as prices of seeds, fertilizer, and power has considerably increased. Farmers are in despair due to economic misery and have been hoping for a higher increase in cane prices.” he further added.
Earlier this month, He had also written a letter to Adityanath in which he had sought an increase in cane prices. Reiterating his demand, Gandhi said lakhs of farmers are looking at Adityanath with hope that he will further increase the cane prices.
"With the continuous rise in input cost for farmers, the cane prices should be fixed at minimum Rs 400 per quintal. It is a matter of livelihood of lakhs of farmers and labourers," Gandhi said.