Punjab: Cooperative sugar mills clear pending payment of Rs 100 crore

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Chandigarh: The Cooperative sugar mills have cleared the pending payment of around Rs 100 crore that was due to the cane growers for the season 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Cooperative Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that the Punjab government has taken steps to release the cane dues to the farmers despite the central government withholding the export subsidy amounting to Rs 31 crore and buffer stock subsidy worth Rs 10 crore due to the cooperative sugar mills for the year 2019-20.

“We have raised the issue with the Union government and are expecting to get these subsidies soon,” he said.

He said, “The state government is undertaking measures to increase the income of cane growers and as part of this, the cooperative sugar mills have provided as many as 16 lakh saplings of high yielding varieties of sugarcane to the cane growers with the active assistance of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Karnal Centre.”

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