Pending cane dues: Nepal’s sugarcane farmers seek government help

Kathmandu: Sugarcane farmers in Nepal have warned the government of agitation if sugar mills fail to clear the pending cane dues by August 21. The farmers were in the Capital to seek the government’s help to get the dues cleared from the sugar factories.

The farmers later organised a press conference and demanded the implementation of a five-point agreement signed between the Sugarcane Farmers Struggle Committee and the Ministry of Industry on January 3, 2020. Despite the government’s assurance, we have not received the cane dues, said farmers. Farmers have claimed that they are not getting their dues from sugar mills at the rate set by the government.

Sugarcane Farmers Struggle committee chairman Ram Swartha Raya said that after the farmers’ protest in Capital December last year, they have received Rs 330 million and are yet to receive Rs 410 million.

Farmers claim they are yet to receive Rs 120 million each from Mahalaxmi Sugar Mill and Annapurna Sugar Mill, Rs 30 million from Lumbini Sugar Mill, Rs 5 million from Bhagwati Khadsari Sugar and Rs 40 million from Indira Sugar Mill.

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