Bijnor: The sugarcane crushing season is in the midway but the UP government has yet not announced State Advisory Price (SAP). Out of 119 sugar mills, 97 mills have started clearing cane bills based on last year’s rates.
As per news report published in Thetimesofindia.com, A K Singh, administrative officer, Bijnor sugar mills said, “This year the government has not hiked the sugar MSP. We are selling sugar at Rs 3,260 including all taxes and the mills get Rs 3,100 per quintal after paying all the taxes. It is the minimum price for sugar while cost of production of sugar is higher than the prices which mills get. That is why sugar industries have urged the government not to increase SAP for sugarcane in the current season.”
Rajendra Singh, national president, Azad Kisan Union said, “Farmers are getting cane bills without mentioning any price by the mills on the receipts. The government should clear the stand on the SAP as the millers have started clearing bills with last year’s SAP. If the government fails to hike SAP, we will launch a protest against it.”