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Govt releases Rs 5.23 cr pending dues of sugarcane growers

Govt releases Rs 5.23 cr pending dues of sugarcane growers

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31 Jul 2020 No comment 44 hits

Panaji 

The state government, on Friday, released Rs 5.23 crore pending dues in the form of support price for sugarcane growers in the state, under Shetkari Aadhar Nidhi.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, during a crucial meeting,  had agreed to release the support price for sugarcane.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar, who holds agriculture portfolio, and the Co-operation Minister Govind Gaude and a group of sugarcane farmers led by the president of Sugarcane Growers Association Rajendra Prabhudesai.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, the Agriculture Minister said that the state government has already released Rs 5.23 crore for the sugarcane farmers in the form of support price, and it would be transferred to the farmers’ account by Saturday.

“I had assured the farmers that their pending dues in the form of support price would be released soon under Shetkar Aadhar Nidhi by the government. In today’s meeting, the Chief Minister decided to release  support price of Rs 1,800 per metric tonne, amounting to Rs 5.23 crore,” he said.

Kavlekar further said that the harvesting cost borne by the sugarcane farmers is pending as it is yet to be received by the government from Karnataka-based sugar factory, which had taken sugarcane from the farmers, as Sanjivani sugar factory was not operational.

The Co-operation Minister said that the farmers have also sought reimbursement of the harvesting cost of Rs 600 per tonne, which would be deposited later.

Gaude, however, said that no discussion was held on the Sanjivani sugar factory issue.

“We will decide on the sugar factory issue later. Today’s meeting was regarding pending dues of the farmers,” he said.

There are 800 farmers involved in the sugarcane farming in the talukas of Sanguem, Dharbandora and Quepem in the South Goa.

The farmers had resorted to agitation on Wednesday, demanding release of  support price and harvesting cost by the government.

The agitation was withdrawn following assurance by the Chief Minister to hold a meeting.

The president of the farmers’ association Prabhudesai told the Reporters after the meeting that “we are happy with the solution provided by the government.”

The Sanjivani factory was shut down for maintenance in the year 2019, due to which the state government had sent the sugarcane for processing to private units in Karnataka.

Source: Govt releases Rs 5.23 cr pending dues of sugarcane growers

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