Sugarcane farmers threaten stir over Rs 105 crore dues

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Ambala, ChiniMandi: Over 5,000 sugarcane farmers have threatened to launch an agitation over pending cane arrears. Cane growers are angry against private sugar mill in Naraingarh as they have not received arrears of sugarcane since January, which they sold to sugar mills.

According to the report, Naraingarh Sugar Mills Limited owes Rs 105 crore to 5,795 sugarcane farmers.

The sugar season had ended almost a month back, but distressed farmers were not paid their dues yet.

On Monday, groups of farmers, led by their respective union leaders, met Naraingarh SDM Aditi to make her aware of the farmers suffering. Following which, the SDM asked the mill to clear the payment of farmers by June 15, failing which the administration would initiate strict action against them as per the law.

The rule mandates that cane amount should be deposited to the farmers’ bank accounts within 14 days after the sugarcane harvest is handed over to the factory owners, but millers failed to do so. The government had introduced various measures, including a soft loan scheme for sugar mills to help them clear mounting cane arrears. But, millers failed to clear it, citing depressed sugar prices and scarcity of money.

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