Nepal farmers call off agitation after government takes responsibility to clear cane dues

Kathmandu: Sugarcane farmers agitating in Kathmandu have called off their protest after the government agreed to address their grievances and assured to clear the pending cane dues.

More than 300 sugarcane farmers from Tarai region of Sarlahi district rushed to Kathmandu to exert pressure on the sugar mill owners and government to clear the pending cane dues. They had launched an agitation in Maitighar in Kathmandu after the sugar millers showed an inability to clear the arrears.

According to the local media report, a member of the sugarcane farmers’ action committee said that the farmers have agreed to call off agitation after the government agreed to the demands made by the agitating farmers. The government agreed to settle the cane dues of the farmers within three weeks.

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies stated that it will be the department’s responsibility to clear the farmers’ dues that millers have not paid.

The farmers had earlier denied the discussion with the government demanding that the government should first clear their cane dues.


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