Muzaffarnagar: Protesting against the SAP for sugarcane announced by the Uttar Pradesh government, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) activists under the leadership of district president Ajit Rathi burnt sugarcane crops at Kookra Chowk in Muzaffarnagar district on Sunday evening.
They protested over the state government’s decision not to increase SAP for sugarcane for the consecutive second year.
In a circular issued by the cane development department, the state government announced SAP (State Advisory Price) of sugarcane at Rs 315 per quintal (for normal variety of sugarcane). Likewise, SAP for low and high grades cane price are at Rs 305 and Rs 325 per quintal, respectively. Sugarcane farmers in the state claim that the cost of sugarcane production is increased; therefore, there is a need to hike cane price. They had demanded to fix the sugarcane price at Rs 400 per quintal.
“The BJP government’s decision is anti-farmer and in favour of mill owners,” said Rathi. The farmers in Budhan tehsil headquarters also burnt the sugarcane crops with RLD activists as a protest.
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