CHANDIGARH, MARCH 2: To provide much-needed relief to sugarcane growers and private sugar mills, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday gave ex-post facto approval to disburse Rs. 25 per quintal directly in the accounts of sugarcane growers (farmers), out of a total State Agreed Price (SAP) of Rs. 310, with the remaining Rs. 285 per quintal to be paid to them by private sugar mills for crushing year 2018-19.
The move is aimed at ensuring economic viability of the mills and timely cane payment to the farmers for the crushing season 2018-19, and is a follow-up of the decision taken in this regard at a meeting held under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister on December 5, 2018.
The State Government had issued a notification to purchase sugarcane as per State Agreed Price for early, mid and late varieties at Rs. 310, Rs. 300 & Rs. 295 per quintal respectively. Due to the stand taken by the private sugar mills, there was resentment amongst the sugarcane growers who resorted to dharnas across the state.
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