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The District Administrations have begun striking their notices towards sugar mills for the delay in clearing the outstanding sugarcane dues to farmers. 10 out of 18 sugar mills have been given the notices in Meerut zone itself while an FIR has been lodged against Kinoni Sugar Mill. All these mills collectively owe Rs1672 crore to the farmers.
On Thursday,according to the UP Sugar Mill Association the outstanding amount by the entire state stood to be Rs8,215.
This year mills are already financially choked as currently the price is sugar is Rs2940 per quintal while the average cost of production comes to Rs3450 per quintal. Therefore mills are incurring a loss of Rs510 oper quintal.
According to Bharat Kisan Union, a tstatewide agitation will be launched if their dues are not cleared as the farmers were promised that they would be paid within 14 days of the delivery of cane to the mills however the dues are getting delayed & the farmers are yet left with 20% of cane in the fields which mills are reluctant to take.