Nepal: Farmers shifting from sugarcane to other crops

Kathmandu, Nepal: Sugarcane farmers in Nepal under the banner of the Sugarcane Farmers Struggle Committee have threatened to launch an agitation if the sugar mills and the government fail to clear their cane dues worth Rs 400 million by August 5.

Rakesh Mishra, the coordinator of the Sugarcane Farmers Struggle Committee said that the sugarcane farmers in some districts have not yet received the pending cane dues from the last four years. These farmers are from Sarlahi, Nawalparasi (East), Nawalparasi (West) and Rautahat districts. The farmers should get Rs 536 per quintal from sugar mills (including Rs 65 per quintal from the government and Rs 471 from sugar mills per quintal) but the mills have paid only Rs 500 per quintal.

The mills are spreading false claims that the farmers agreed to receive Rs 500 per quintal, he said.

Raj Kumar Uprety, Coordinator of Sugarcane Farmers Association of Nepal said the delay in cane payment has demotivated the sugarcane farmers and they are shifting to other crops.

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