Uttar Pradesh: Sugarcane farmers decide to fix cane price

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Lucknow: For the first time, sugarcane farmers from Uttar Pradesh have decided to fix the sugarcane selling price on their own. The farmers under the banner of Rashtriya Kisan Majdoor Sanghatan will declare the sugarcane price at a Kisan panchayat after organizing a rally in Bilari, Moradabad v on October 19.

V M Singh, the leader of the Rashtriya Kisan Majdoor Sanghatan, said, “As per the rule, the SAP (State Advised Price) for sugarcane should be Rs 435 per quintal, one and half time of the cost of production, but the farmers are getting only Rs 324 per quintal. Therefore, we have decided to declare the sugarcane price on our own.”

Choudhari Jitendra Singh, one of the rally’s organiser alleged that sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh still owe Rs 4,519.19 crore to cane farmers. And the government is yet not taking action against them”.

Sugarcane farmers say that the cost of sugarcane production is increased; therefore, there is a need to hike cane price. Sugarcane arrears has remained a major issue in Uttar Pradesh. Following which cane growers are staging demonstration and have also intensified their protest. They claim that their financial condition is worsening day-by-day as they have not received dues from mills. Farmers assert that they are unable to feed their families, nor able to pay school fees of their children.

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