The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has warned the state government that it will launch a statewide agitation if the government fails to increase the amount of relief offered to the sugarcane industry.
The MNS has demanded higher procurement prices for sugarcane and also increased wages for labourers who cut cane.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray wrote to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan saying low procurement prices were hurting the industry. “The unseasonal rains of October and November have proved to be devastating for farmers. They have suffered huge losses,” Thackeray said. “Low wages are forcing labourers to work outside the state, which is hurting the industry.”
He said the state should address the discontent among farmers over low prices by announcing higher packages for them.
Thackeray also asked the state government to note that his party will be forced to launch a statewide campaign if these demands were not met.