BENGALURU: The state government has decided to subsidize electricity for up to 10 HP pumps installed in coffee plantations. This was announced by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai during zero hour at the Assembly on Tuesday. The request for subsidized electricity was made by several MPs from Malnad regions.
Highlighting the issue, MP Appachu Ranjan said that although Kodagu District provides Cauvery water to the state, it has been neglected. “While tobacco and areca nut plantations benefit from an electricity subsidy, coffee plantations have been neglected. “In reality, that’s not true because a lot of them are in debt,” he noted.
Following the debate, Bommai pointed out that electricity subsidies provided by the state were increasing every year, totaling up to Rs 12,000 crore to Rs 14,000 crore. “However, we understand the problems of coffee farmers and following discussion with the Minister of Energy and others, the state will provide subsidized electricity for up to 10 HP pumps installed on coffee farms. However, the terms and conditions will be published to prevent abuse.