Nepal: Sugarcane farmers to pressurise the government

Kathmandu: Controversy over sugarcane dues in Nepal is refusing to die down. Now cane growers across the country have decided to launch protest for pending cane arrears from March 17. The decision has been taken by the Sugarcane Farmer Struggle Committee (SFSC) organised at Sarlahi district last week. They have asked farmers to gather in Kathmandu on March 17.

Rajesh Yadav, a member of SFSC, said that the many sugar mills have yet not cleared farmers’ dues. They claim that Mahalaxmi Sugar Mill, Annapurna Sugar mill and Shree Ram sugar mill have yet not paid cane dues. When government forced the industries earlier, they paid little amount of the dues.

“Mahalaxmi sugar mill is asking for more time to clear dues, while Shree Ram Sugar Mills is yet to sell its land to clear the farmers’ dues. Annapurna mill has shut down the operations and is not in contact with sugarcane farmers,” he further added.

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