Sanjivani sugar mill clears major portion of cane dues

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Ponda: The farmers from Karnataka have decided to call off their protest after the Sanjivani sugar mill cleared major portion of cane arrears. However, the farmers will renew their agitation if the bills are not deposited in their bank accounts.

The farmers from Karnataka had opposed the Goa state government’s decision to send local sugarcane to Karnataka Sugar mills and threatened to block the trucks transporting cane from Goa to Karnataka. The farmers had demanded the mill to pay their dues before transporting cane to Goa.

Sanjivani sugar mill officials talking to one the leading news website said that 75 per cent of the amount totalling around Rs 1.4 crore of the dues has already been deposited in farmers respective bank accounts through RTGS.

The factory is facing financial trouble due to a lack of adequate supply of cane. The farmers and employees from the mill are against shutting it. The mill has registered a loss of Rs 101.22 crore due to unavailability of sugarcane and various reason. The government made sure that sugarcane produced by farmers will be bought at the market price. State chief minister Pramod Sawant had assured farmers that those who produce sugarcane this season would not incur any loss. The government will purchase their sugarcane and supply it to the sugar mills in other states, besides providing support price to these farmers.

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