Nepal: Sugarcane farmers warn to protest again

Kathmandu: Sugarcane farmers have threatened to launch an agitation if the sugar mills and the government fails to clear their arrears as the deadline set by them has crossed more than a week.

The millers owe around Rs 1 billion to the cane farmers. According to millers, they have also not received subsidies around Rs 1.20 billion from the government.

Rakesh Mishra, a member of the sugarcane farmers’ action committee said, “There are two mills in the country and both have deceived farmers. Mahalaxmi sugar mill and Annapurna sugar mills are yet to pay sugarcane arrears to cane growers.”

Since farmers launched the first phase of agitation, the Annapurna mill has stopped operations. Farmers from all districts stage a week-long protest in December last year. The protest was called off on January 3 after the mill owners agreed to clear dues by January 21. The mills, however, have paid the nominal amount despite the set deadline.

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