new Delhi. The dues of sugarcane growing farmers across the country have come down to about Rs 13,500 crore, of which the maximum is Rs 9,500 crore from Uttar Pradesh farmers. This information was received from the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on Wednesday. This outstanding amount of sugarcane growers on mills is based on the remunerative price of sugarcane, ie, Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP). A senior ministry official told IANS that the arrears of sugarcane farmers across the country have come down to Rs 13,500 crore. Of this, about 9,500 crore rupees belong to the country's largest sugar producing state, Uttar Pradesh.
The arrears of sugarcane farmers in Uttar Pradesh are around Rs 14,000 crore based on the state-backed price i.e. SAP, while it is around Rs 18,500 crore across the country. In the current sugar season 2019-20 (October-September), till June 5 last month, farmers' dues to mills across the country had gone up to Rs 17,683 crore, while Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan owed farmers dues from the authorities. The mills were asked to give necessary guidelines for paying the amount.
Prakash Naiknavare, managing director of the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF), an industry body, told IANS that the rise in sugar prices has helped mills to pay the dues of farmers. He said that people had stopped selling sugar in the hope of raising the minimum selling price (MSP) of sugar by Rs 2 per kg, leaving the pipeline empty. Now, due to increase in sales of sugar, there has been some pressure on prices, but this will not affect the payment of sugarcane farmers. He said that the increase in the MSP of sugar will help the mills to pay the dues of the farmers.
It was expected that a decision would be taken in this meeting of the Group of Ministers on Wednesday, but when asked about this, the Food Ministry official said that no decision has been taken so far on increasing the MSP of sugar. At present, the MSP to sugar is Rs 31 per kg. NITI Aayog has also supported the increase in MSP of sugar. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), an organization of private sugar mills, the country's sugar production in the current season 2019-20 is 272 lakh tonnes, while the next season is estimated to be 305 lakh tonnes in 2020-21.
This post was published on July 15, 2020 7:57 pm
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