Sugarcane price inadequate in Uttar Pradesh: Congress

New Delhi: Before the Prime Minister’s big meeting in Saharanpur, Jairam Ramesh from Congress talked about sugarcane farmers’ issue.

He said, “According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Uttar Pradesh is the largest sugarcane producer in the country. Farmers in Western UP have been demanding a hike in the fixed price (SAP) of sugarcane citing increased costs of fertilizers and pesticides. Yet, the BJP government has raised the price to just Rs.360/quintal, which is grossly inadequate according to UP’s farmers. This latest price hike lags far behind inflation and is much lower than Punjab’s Rs.386/quintal and Haryana’s Rs.391/quintal. As Sudhir Panwar, a former member of UP Planning Commission, remarked, “[I]n UP, the SAP, which was earlier determined by input cost, is now dictated by election schedule,” said. Can the PM tell us why the BJP government has been so unwilling to fairly compensate farmers for their work?”


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