Sugarcane farmers demand sugar mills to start cane crushing in second week of November

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Yamunanagar: Cane growers in Haryana claim that the sugarcane price what they get is low, therefore there is a need to increase it. The farmers have written to the state government to increase the sugarcane rates by Rs 50 per quintal.

Last year, in Haryana, the rate of an early variety of sugarcane was Rs 340 per quintal. Rs 335 was the rate of mid-variety, and Rs 330 was the rate of a late variety of sugarcane.

A farmer has written a letter to Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar stating that the farmers are facing financial scarcity as their paddy crop is being purchased at a low rate as compared with last year. Now farmers can survive if mills buy their sugarcane crop with the hike of Rs 50 per quintal.

Farmers could sow their wheat crop on time after harvesting their sugarcane crop, therefore they have also demanded sugar mills to start cane crushing in the second week of November.

In the month of July, Central government kept Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane unchanged at Rs 275 per quintal for 2019-20 crushing season for a basic recovery rate of 10 per cent as sugar mills in India claimed that they are finding it difficult to pay FRP of sugarcane as the average production cost of sugar is 35 to 36 rupees per kg as against the MSP of 31 rupees per kg.

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