Growers in Punjab giving up sugarcane farming over ‘pending’ dues

Growers in Punjab giving up sugarcane farming over ‘pending’ dues

Tribune Information Service

Parvesh Sharma

Sangrur, January 13

The alleged delay in releasing fee to sugarcane growers of Sangrur and Malerkotla has compelled them to shift again to the paddy-wheat cycle, leading to additional discount in space underneath the crop within the districts.

In response to farmers, Rs 40.69 lakh dues for 2020-21 have been pending in direction of personal sugar mills of Dhuri. As for the present monetary 2022-23, Rs 12.85 core are pending. The mill authorities have bought sugarcane price Rs 26.69 crore this fiscal and paid Rs 13.84 crore to the growers.

The dues for the 2021-22 fiscal have been cleared.

The small print of fee, launched by the state authorities yesterday, present the Dhuri mills have launched all dues amounting to Rs 36.09 crore for 2021-22, whereas the federal government has launched Rs 3.46 crore.

Farmers, nonetheless, have a distinct story to inform. Harjeet Singh, president of the sugarcane growers’ committee, Dhuri, mentioned: “Sugarcane growers have obtained a part of the dues now for the produce offered final yr. As per guidelines, the fee must be launched inside 14 days of promoting the produce. The delay in fee has compelled many to shift again to the wheat-paddy cycle. The shortage of presidency help will compel extra farmers to surrender sugarcane farming.”

Previously few years, the world underneath sugarcane farming has been declining. In 2017-18, 3,810 hectares had been underneath sugarcane in Sangrur and Malerkotla districts.

The world went down to three,462 hectares in 2018-19, additional declining to 2,559 hectares within the subsequent yr.

In 2020-21, the sugarcane space lowered to 2,143 hectares.

The next yr, it fell to 1,665 hectares — a decline of 56.3 per cent in 5 years.

Sugarcane Growth Officer Jaswinder Singh admitted that the delay in fee had been discouraging growers, however claimed that the authorities had been them will all potential assist. “Each time there’s a delay within the fee, we instantly take up the matter with the higher-ups,” Jaswinder added.

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