Nepal sugar mills start clearing cane dues

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Kathmandu: Farmers from Nepal that were agitating for their pending cane dues have started getting their dues from the mills. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the four sugar mills have paid Rs 543 million dues to the cane farmers out of total Rs 650 million dues.

Prem Lal Lamichhane, the information officer of the Ministry, said that as per the information provided by the district administration, the Shreeram Sugar Mill has cleared all the dues to the farmers. The other mills are in process of clearing the dues.

The data with the Ministry shows that Indira Sugar Mill has sent Rs 8.3 million in the bank account of the farmers as of Tuesday. It has Rs 15 million in its bank account out of dues of Rs 47 million. The Lumbini sugar mill has paid Rs 51.1 million out of total Rs 84.1 million.
The Annapurna Sugar mill has paid Rs 126 million 372 thousand to the cane farmers out of Rs 170 million.

The Ministry has asked the respective district administration officials to take legal action against the properties of the sugar mills if they fail to clear the cane dues to the farmers.

The sugarcane farmers in December last year had launched agitation at Kathmandu demanding their cane dues from the mills.

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