A delegation of coffee growers has met Union Ministers in Delhi with a list of demands, including interest waiver on loans borrowed by them.

The delegation included Coffee Board chairman M.S. Boje Gowda, Karnataka Planters’ Association chairman H.T. Pramod, Karnataka Growers’ Federation president B.S. Jayaram, Consortium of Black Pepper Growers’ Organisation coordinator K.K. Vishwanath, and Black Gold League chairman Kenjige Keshava.

In a press release here on Thursday, members of the delegation said they met Minister for Commerce Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh, Chairman of parliamentary committee on finance M. Veerappa Moily, Minister for Statistics D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Minister for Railways and Finance Piyush Goyal, Minister for Environment and Forest Harsh Vardhan, and Minister for Fertilizers and Chemicals Ananth Kumar.

Memoranda

The members submitted separate memoranda to the Ministers seeking relief to the problems faced by coffee growers. They appealed to the Ministers to communicate to all banks to stop agri-advances recovery procedures, waive interest on loans and restructure loans with lower interest rate of 6%, among others.

On the steep fall in the price of black pepper, the delegation urged the Centre to curb illegal trade of pepper, announce minimum support price as per Dr. M.S. Swaminathan’s recommendations, tighten international borders and review all bilateral trade agreements with other countries. The delegation also demanded effective measures to counter human-elephant conflict.

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