Sugarcane price remains unchanged in Uttarakhand

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Dehradun: After a long wait, the Uttarakhand government has announced the sugarcane price in the state for the crushing season 2019-2020. There has been no increase in cane price for this season.

For the high grades of cane, price is kept at Rs Rs 327 per quintal, whereas for the normal variety of sugarcane, it is kept at Rs Rs 317 per quintal.

The state government has not hiked the rates from the last two years, and cane growers were expecting that the government will increase sugarcane price this season. Sugarcane farmers in the state claim that the cost of sugarcane production is increased; therefore, there is a need to hike cane price.

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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