Goa farmers call off strike after government assures revival of sugar factory

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Ponda, Goa: Sugarcane farmers have called off their scheduled strike on Tuesday as the state government has assured that Sanjivani sugar factory will not be shut down

In a recent meeting convened by the Chief minister Pramod Sawant with the representatives of the sugarcane farmers, he assured them that the government will not shut the sugar factory. Taking a step towards the revival of the Sanjivani sugar factory, the state government had transferred it from cooperative department to the agriculture department.

According to the news report published in The Times of India, Harshad Prabhudesai, vice president, Sugarcane Growers Association Goa, said, “Farmers are satisfied with the chief minister’s statement that cane growers will continue to be compensated for their standing crop until the factory restarts operations.”

The sugarcane farmers had threatened to stage a sit-in agitation in front of the factory on September 29 if the government failed to take a decision by September 25.

Sanjivani Sugar mill, set up 47-years ago, has stopped operations a few years ago and now it is in a dilapidated state.

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