Nepal: Sugarcane farmers end week-long protest

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Kathmandu: Sugarcane farmers withdrew their protest after the government signed a five-point agreement with them assuring the clearing of cane dues from sugar mills by January 21. Dinesh Bhattarai, joint secretary at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Supplies, and Hari Shyam Raya, representing the farmers, put their initials on the agreement today.

As per the agreement, a task force would be formed comprising government, farmers, sugar industrialists and experts that will work to find an appropriate solution to the issue.

The task force will also find ways to increase productivity and make the country self-reliant on sugar. The ministry has claimed that the mill owners have agreed to clear the farmers’ dues in the stipulated time. The government had earlier also inked similar agreement but had failed to implement them.

Recently, the Nepal government has kept the sugarcane price unchanged at Rs 536.36 per quintal for sugar season 2019-20. The price is with including a subsidy of Rs 65.28 per quintal.

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