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Cane growers’ arrears not cleared yet

Punjabi Politics
NAKODAR: Resentment prevails among sugar growers of Nakodar, Shahkot and Phillaur subdivisions against non- clearance of dues of more than Rs 39 crores by the Nakodar Cooperative Sugar Mill Limited. The affected farmers alleged that payments to cane growers were being delayed even after they mentioned that the mill would be responsible to clear the bills within six months of their issuance. The cane growers have visited the mill several times since November 2017 for getting the bills cleared but without success.

Fazilka cane growers resent delay in payment

Punjab
Our Correspondent Fazilka, June 10 Resentment is brewing among sugarcane growers of Fazilka district as they have not been paid their dues by the Fazilka Central Cooperative Sugar Mills Limited. The sugar mill owes Rs 30.5 crore to the farmers. The cane crushing season ended on April 8 and since then the farmers have been waiting for their dues. Hundreds of families of farmers have been facing financial hardships on account of non-payment of their dues. The area under cultivation has also come down due to indifferent attitude of the successive governments. Information gathered by The Tribune revealed that the sugarcane was grown in around 6,500 acres in 110 villages this year as compared to 9,000 acres in 150 villages last year. Gurwant Singh, a sugarcane cultivator, rued that delay in pa...

Cane growers seek dues

Punjabi Politics
Tribune News Service Sangrur, June 4 Sugarcane growers protested outside the gate of Dhuri Sugar Mill, seeking an immediate release of Rs 27.50 crore. They threatened to start an indefinite protest if the mill authorities failed to release their payment. “The authorities should have released the amount immediately after the purchase of sugarcane in February,” said Dr Anwar Bhasaur, AAP general secretary, Sangrur district.. The farmers and union leaders staged a dharna from 11 am to 3 pm, which they lifted following the authorities’ assurance that their payment would be released at the earliest. “The farmers are under debt and the delay has only compounded their problems,” said Kulwant Singh, a farmer. Dhuri SDM Amareshwar Singh said the farmers had submitt...

Chadha Sugar mill owes Rs101 cr to cane growers

Punjabi Politics
Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 22 Chadha Sugar and Industries, which is caught on the wrong side of law for molasses spill in the Beas, is among the top sugar mills that have failed to clear the dues of farmers for the cane procured from them. The sugar mill is yet to pay dues of Rs 101.36 crore to the cane growers in Majha region, who had sold their sugarcane to the mill. The mill, The Tribune, has learnt had bought cane worth Rs 343.84 crore in this crushing season that began on November 15, 2017, and ended on May 17 last week. The mill, however, has paid just Rs 242.48 crore to the cane growers. Since the sugar mill has been sealed, pending inquiry into the molasses spillage, there is little hope for cane growers to get their dues from it anytime soon. Information...

Expedite payment to cane growers: Khaira

Punjabi Politics
Chandigarh: Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira has urged Cane Commissioner Jaswant Singh to direct the owners of Rana Sugar Mill, Buttar Sewian, Amritsar, to release the pending amount of sugarcane growers of the area. Khaira said the payments of around 50 per cent of the farmers were kept pending by the sugar mill. The AAP leader alleged that the financial condition of the farmers in the state was miserable due to the anti-farmer policies of the consecutive governments and acts like this added fuel to the fire. TNS The Tribune

Cane growers await Rs 46-cr dues

Punjab
Varinder Singh Tribune News Service Bhogpur (Jalandhar), Dec 3 Thousands of cane growers are peeved over the non-payment of their last year’s dues of Rs 46 crore. Balwinder Singh, sarpanch of Jalandhar’s Mali Nangal village, said it had become a habit of the managements of cooperative and private sugar mills to delay the payment of cane growers at least by a year. “The practice is against government norms, which stipulate that sugar mills should pay up farmers within 14 days of the arrival of the crop. If payment is not made within 14 days, the mills are required to pay interest on the dues. But there is no one to implement the norms,” he said. Jaswant Singh, Cane Commissioner, told The Tribune the payment of dues was in the pipeline. Cane variety gets parity An exp...

BKU: Addl cane price not paid in 30 yrs

Punjab
Chandigarh, November 28 Sugar mills in the state have swindled crores of rupees in additional cane price (ACP) as the farmers have not been paid their dues for the past over 30 years. As per the Sugarcane Act, the price is fixed with 8.5 per cent as sugar recovery base. After the crushing season is over, the Cane Commissioner works out the average recovery of the season for all mills, explains Bharti Kisan Union chief Balbir Singh Rajewal. “If it is more that 8.5 per cent (this has never been lower than 9.5 per cent in Punjab), the state is supposed to direct the mills to pay the difference to the farmers. This is called ACP and has never been followed, except once,” he alleged. “This has continued unchecked and unchallenged and we demand a high-level inquiry by the Vigilance Bureau into t

Cabinet hikes cane SAP by Rs10/quintal

Punjab
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 27 The Punjab Cabinet today decided to hike the State Agreed Price (SAP) of sugarcane by Rs 10 per quintal for the crushing season 2017-18. Rejecting the hike as meagre, Balbir Singh Rajewal, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, said it was a joke with the farmers. “If other states can give Rs 330 and Rs 325 per quintal as SAP, why not Punjab,” he said. However, the government said despite the poor fiscal condition of the state, it had been decided to give the hike in interest of the cane growers. Today’s decision to hike the SAP followed detailed parleys between the Cabinet sub-committee, headed by Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, and the representatives of various sugarcane grower unions and associations from across th...