Scrap aerial distance norm between sugar mills: Maharashtra farmer leaders

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Pune: The farmers’ group have demanded that the government should scrap the mechanism of Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for sugarcane and remove the minimum aerial distance norm of 25 km between two sugar mills to encourage competition. The farmers’ leaders put forward their demands in a meeting at Pune called by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).

The radial distance provision bans the setting up of a new sugar mill within a radius of 25 km of an existing mill. The farmers are left with no choice but to send cane to the nearby mill and get bills fixed by the mill.

The CACP had called the meeting to discuss the FRP for cane for the year 2020-21.

Farmer leaders Raju Shetti, Raghunath Patil, Anil Ghanwat, were present in the meeting. They said that FRP what sugarcane farmers is not sufficient and recommended to hike it considering many factors such as prices of fertilisers, electricity and labour.

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