UP cane dues mounting: Unrest feared, says UPSMA

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Lucknow: Mounting sugarcane dues in Uttar Pradesh to the tune of over Rs 10,415.24-crore for the past three crushing seasons could again create unrest among the cane farmers in the state, particularly in the western region.

Uttar Pradesh Sugar Mills Association (UPSMA), the umbrella body of the private sugar mills, said that for the crushing season 2018-19, the total dues on the mills are 10,343.94-crore, of which the private mills will have to pay the majority amount of Rs 9,838.61-crore.

The corporation mills have to pay Rs 61.32-crore and the cooperative mills to pay Rs 444.01-crore.

Besides this, the private mills will have to pay Rs 22.29-crore against 2016-17 and Rs 49.95-crore against the year 2017-18.

As per the report, the total payment made by the 191 sugar mills in the state, including 92 in the private sector during 2018-19 season, was Rs 22,608.55-crore, which is 68.61 per cent of the total dues of Rs 33,015.92-crore.

The total crushed cane in 2018-19 was 10,296.31 lakh quintals by the sugar mills in the state and they produced 1,182 lakh quintal of sugar by achieving a recovery of 11.48 per cent.

During the Lok Sabha polls, UP Government tried to make some payments to the farmers and even gave facilities of loan for the sugar mills, but now again the payment of dues have been stalled after the end of the crushing season in April last. UP is the second largest sugar producer in the country after Maharashtra.

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