Hike in cane price insufficient, says Rakesh Tikait, opposition parties

Lucknow: The hike in sugarcane purchase price declared by the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is insufficient as the input costs for cane cultivation have been increased, said BKU leader Rakesh Tikait and opposition leaders.

The sugarcane purchase price in UP was hiked on Sunday by Rs 25 per quintal taking it to Rs 350 per quintal.

Tikait issued a statement stating that the hike announced by the chief minister Yogi Adityanath is not acceptable as the input costs have been increased. The prices of diesel are higher in UP compared with neighbouring states which increase input costs, hence the increase declared in cane price is not acceptable, said Tikait.

Senior Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Rajkumar Sangwan said the increase was insufficient because cost of growing sugarcane had increased manifold.

Speaking to ANI, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) National Spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria said, “During the BSP regime, then CM Mayawati had doubled the SAP for sugarcane. But now in the past five years, the government has not increased the price of sugarcane by even 10 per cent.”

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