Priyanka Gandhi demands better price for sugarcane in Uttar Pradesh

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New Delhi: Following the farmers’ protest over the UP government’s decision of not hiking sugarcane prices, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wrote to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the issue.

In a letter, she wrote, “I am surprised that the UP government has not raised the sugarcane price this season. The government has raised rates of electricity, fertilizers, and the cost of labour has also been increased. In such a situation, the prices of sugarcane also should be increased. I request you to consider the farmers suffering and increase the rates.”

In a circular issued by the cane development department, the state government announced sugarcane price at Rs 315 per quintal (for normal variety of sugarcane). Likewise, sugarcane SAP for low and high grades cane price are at Rs 305 and Rs 325 per quintal, respectively. Sugarcane growers in Uttar Pradesh claim that the cost of sugarcane production is increased; therefore, there is a need to hike cane price. They had demanded to fix the sugarcane price more than Rs 400 per quintal.

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