GOVT APATHY FORCES FARMERS TO SELL SUGARCANE MUCH BELOW MINIMUM SUPPORT PRICE
Sugarcane farmers are at a loss in the Maharajganj district, once the hub of sugar production in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Due to closure of government sugar mills and arbitrariness of private mills, they have no options left, but to sell the cash crop to jaggery plants at rates even below half than the minimum support price (MSP), which indeed is uneven to their farming cost.
A total of four sugar mills are there in Maharajganj, of which three government plants at Farenda, Ghughali and Sinswa are closed. The remaining fourth is a private mill at Gadora, which carries a debt of at least Rs 30 crore and works on its terms.
Rabi season around the corner is another reason that drives farmers to sell sugarcane at Rs 120-130 a quintal to jaggery plants against the Rs 280 per quintal at government sugar mills.
The crops are drying in fields and the season for sowing of wheat is approaching,
which happen to be a cause of worry for sugarcane producers who are selling the cash crop at compromised rates to jaggery plants.