Wages, which constitute more than 50% of cost of plantation commodities, of tea, coffee and rubber workers have increased by 7.69, 9.72 and 8.2 times respectively.
Other points flagged by United Planters Association of South India were safeguarding the rubber growers from surge in imports and increasing the allocation of funds to Commodity Boards.
FDI inflows have gone up from $17.46 million in 2014-15 to $40.55 million in 2018-19 with a cumulative investment of $191.64 million in hybrid seeds and plantation sector.
The agrarian district is known for cultivation of coffee, tea, spices and rubber, and has seen suicides by some farmers unable to repay their loans.
The rubber growers in Kerala were affected by heavy rains and floods last year.
Frustrated with the low income, the distraught farmer uprooted all brinjal plants from his field and threw them away on Sunday.
The tea Industry in North Bengal’s Dooars and Terai regions have already suffered substantial production losses during peak season this year due to frequent gate meetings in the first two weeks of July.
As the planters explained, a tea worker receives a daily cash wage of Rs 150 and directly work output linked incentive. In addition, there are other benefits.
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