Karnataka minister urges sugar mills to clear pending cane arrears


Belagavi: Karnataka minister C T Ravi has urged the sugar millers to clear the cane arrears immediately.

Like Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, sugarcane arrears has remained a major issue in Karnataka too. Sugarcane farmers in the state are under stress due to non-payment of pending cane dues. Following which, they have intensified their protest against mills and government.

Speaking to media, Ravi said, the millers should clear the dues of farmers without any delay. He also advised the farmers to get advances for their cane before crushing from millers and get a written agreement from them about payments. These agreements will help the government to take action against the millers if they fail to fulfill promises.

Karnataka is already impacted by drought and flood, following which the sugarcane production will be affected. Therefore the state has decided to ban cane selling to other states. Flood has caused massive loss to the cane growers in Belagavi district. Cane growers in the state are struggling to come back on a track.

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