Sugarcane farmers agitate over pending dues


Vadodara, Gujarat: Police foiled an attempt of a farmer associated with Vadodara District Cooperative Sugarcane Growers Union Ltd (VDCSGUL) of immolating self outside the Union’s sugar factory at Gandhara near Karjan seeking settlement of cane dues. Thousands of protesters are agitating for their sugarcane arrears outside the office.

The management has been handed over to the Narmada Sugar Cooperative after VDCSGUL shut its operation due to debt
According to the reports, the mill has not settled dues of farmers of the previous crushing season.

Yogesh Patel, who is among those spearheading the agitation, said,” The cooperative mill had debt amounting to Rs 102.56 crore, and farmers dues were Rs 22.8 crore.”

“We have obtained some details of the farmers. So far, we have prepared a list of around 1,800 farmers who have not been paid their dues.”, Patel was quoted as saying by Times of India.

“We had given memorandum of our demand to the mill several times and have staged protest also, but nothing has worked so far. This is the reason for the farmer taking the extreme step,” he further added.

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