Sugarcane farmers shared their grievances with the Minister for Industry, Commerce, and Supplies Lekhraj Bhatta, regarding the difficulties they have been facing with sugar mill owners.
Bhatta and government officials of the ministry on Sunday had visited Reliance Sugar and Chemical Industries Pvt Ltd in Kalaiya Sub-Metropolitan City 24 for inspection.
Sugarcane farmers had protested upon the sugar mill owners in the capital in the last week of December.
A sugarcane farmer RamandaYadav complained to Minister that farmers are constrained to sell sugarcane in credit to sugar mills and have to wait years for payment.
Reliance Sugar Mill has not granted the government subsidy of Rs 5.28 per quintal to the farmers for the past three years. The sugar mill owners have also failed to pay the government subsidy of Rs 65 per quintal to the farmers since the past year.
The chairperson of Sugarcane Producers Farmers Association BirendraKuswaha also notified Bhatta about the difficulties faced by the farmers.
For the present season, the government had set the price of sugarcane at Rs 536 including Rs 65 from the government subsidy whereas the sugar mills had consented to provide Rs 471 per quintal to the farmers.
As per the owner of the Reliance Sugar and Chemical Industries Pvt Ltd, Raj Kumar Agarwal, his company has already realized all past dues and is working with the farmers to determine any pending issues.
The team under the guidance of Bhatta had also investigated the under-construction Special Economic Zone in JitpurSimara Sub-Metropolitan City.
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