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Farmers protest 'paltry' MSP hike in UP, raise slogans against Yogi govt

The angry farmers said the BJP had gone back on its poll promise of fixing sugarcane price at Rs 450 per quintal

IANS  |  Lucknow 


Hundreds of sugarcane farmers in burnt their crop outside the here on Saturday and raised slogans against the government, terming the Rs 10 hike in MSP as "paltry".

The state two days back had increased the minimum support price (MSP) for sugarcane by Rs 10/quintal, bringing the MSP to Rs 315 per quintal.

The angry farmers said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had gone back on its poll promise of fixing sugarcane price at Rs 450 per quintal.

The farmers, led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union, also threatened to launch an agitation across the state if their demands were not met within a fixed time frame.

Harinam Singh Verma of the BKU said the has rubbed salt on their injuries with such a paltry hike and said the Adityanath was behaving like its predecessor by taking the side of the sugar mill owners.

The farmers first set sugarcane on fire outside the building and the state headquarters and later headed towards the Collectorate.

The farmers will now get Rs 3.15 per kg against the earlier price of Rs 3.05 per kg. The sugar cane industry has however welcomed the price hike by the state government as reasonable.

First Published: Sat, October 28 2017. 18:12 IST