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Tamil Nadu fixes sugarcane price at Rs 2,650 a tonne

The Tamil Nadu government has fixed sugarcane procurement price at Rs 2,650 a tonne during the current crushing season (October 2014-March 2015).

September). This includes state advisory price of Rs 450 in addition to the fair remunerative price (FRP) fixed by the Centre (Rs2,200 a tonne), Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said in a statement.

The announcement comes ahead of the Pongal festival.

In the statement, Panneerselvam noted that considering the difficult situation prevailing in the sugar sector, Karnataka and Maharashtra have decided to disburse the FRP of Rs 2,200 a tonne and fixed the price based on the revenue-sharing formula recommended by the C Rangarajan Committee.

He added that whenever the Centre increases the sugarcane price, Tamil Nadu has ordered higher price for sugarcane. During 2011-12, the sugarcane price was fixed at Rs 2,100 and it was increased to Rs 2,350 in the next year.

Meanwhile, some political parties have asked the state government to increase the price further. They pointed out that Uttar Pradesh pays Rs 3,200 a tonne, while farmers in Punjab get Rs 3,020 a tonne.

In Tamil Nadu, sugarcane is cultivated in 865,000 acres. In order to optimise sugarcane production, the state government has implemented various technologies such as “sustainable sugarcane initiative”, drip fertigation, etc.

Sustainable sugarcane initiative involves using less seeds, raising seedlings in a nursery, and following new planting methods, with wider plant spacing, and better water and nutrient management to increase the cane yields significantly.

Fertigation is a method of fertiliser application in which fertiliser is incorporated within the irrigation water by the drip system.

The small and marginal farmers who have adopted the drip fertigation technology have been given 100 per subsidy and others get 75% subsidy. The ceiling on one acre fixed for availing the subsidy had been waived, the Tamil Nadu chief minister said in the statement.

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