Pune: In the upcoming days, the controversy over sugar crisis is likely to escalate as Shetkari Sanghatana president, Raghunath Dada Patil, warned of an agitation if sugar mills fail to pay Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) in one go. As per Sanghatana, the rule mandates that FRP amount should be deposited to the farmers’ bank accounts within 14 days after the sugarcane harvest is handed over to the factory owners, but millers failed to do so. Inspite of this, yet the administration has not taken any stern action on mills. Following which, they have decided to protest on January 25 to execute the demand of paying FRP in one installment.
On the other hand, factory owners have expressed helplessness in paying the arrears owing to the fall in the price of sugar.
Earlier Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana chief Raju Shetti met Sugar Commissioner in Pune and submitted a proposal demanding that full FRP be paid to farmers immediately.
A few days ago, the protests erupted by the decision of sugar mill owners to pay sugarcane farmers at the rate of Rs 2,300 per tonne of cane crushed instead of the full FRP and led by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghthana, the farmers in Kolhapur and other districts of Maharashtra had torched offices of sugar mills and locked their field offices. It was called off after the truce between Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana and sugar mills.
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