Punjab: Sugarcane farmers ask sugar mills to start operations from November 15

Sugarcane growers in Punjab have demanded an increase in the state-advised price (SAP) of sugarcane and to start crushing season from November 15, reported Tribune India.

In a recent meeting held between representatives of the Doaba Kisan Committee and Agriculture Minister Gurmeet Singh Khudian, farmers also pressed for the commencement of sugar mill operations from November 15.

Jangveer Singh Chauhan, President of the committee, addressed the media following the meeting, expressing concerns over the delay in the Punjab Government’s notification of sugarcane rates. He underscored that while the Central Government had already raised the sugarcane rate by Rs 10 per quintal, the state government yet to issue any official communication regarding the pricing.

Chauhan asserted, “Our organization firmly advocates for an increase in the rate, urging it to rise from Rs 380 per quintal, which was applicable last year, to Rs 450 per quintal for the upcoming 2023-24 crushing season.”


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