No government subsidy for sugarcane farmers in India: Shetti

Pune, Nov 18 (PTI) Farmer leader Raju Shetti on Mondaysaid the Indian government has not given any sugarcane subsidyas claimed by Australia at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

He said the government has not given any such subsidyto sugarcane farmers in India as claimed by Australia andother countries in their petition at the WTO.

The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader was speakingwith reporters at an event organised by the Pune Union ofWorking Journalists (PUWJ).

'We are ready for a dialogue with the Union governmenton this issue,' he said.

Shetti asked the Centre to provide relief to farmersin Jammu and Kashmir.

'We recently visited the Kashmir Valley to take stockof the condition of farmers. We found that apple trade is inbad condition.

'Therefore, we are appealing to the Union governmentto provide required aid and relief to farmers in the region,'he said.

Speaking about the Centre's move to scrap AgricultureProduce Market Committees (APMCs), he said if there is anycorruption in these committees, the government should takemeasures to prevent it and create alternative marketplace forfarmers. PTI CORRSY RSY