Nepal sugarcane farmers to renew their agitation for pending cane dues

Kathmandu: Sugarcane farmers in Nepal have decided to renew their agitation for pending cane dues as they are yet to receive Rs 126.40 million from sugar mills.

The government has asked the sugar mills to clear the dues worth Rs 650 million to the cane farmers but they have not yet cleared the dues, according to the Sugarcane Farmers’ Struggling Committee. Farmers have stated that apart from the amount fixed by the government the mills owe additional Rs 250 million dues to the cane farmers.

As per local media report, Annapurna Sugar Mill is to pay Rs 50 million to the farmers, Shree Ram Sugar Mill owes Rs 31.40 million, Mahalaxmi Sugar Mill owes Rs 30 million, and Indira Sugar Mill owes Rs 15 million while Lumbini Sugar Mill owes some amount to the cane farmers.

Rakesh Mishra, a member of the committee said, “The government has shown least interest in investigating the mismatch of the amount, the mills have to pay to the cane farmers. We will launch an agitation from mid-January if the mills fail to clear our pending cane dues within the next few weeks.”


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