VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh Sugarcane Farmers Association (APSFA) demanded measures by the government for the clearance of their dues by the sugar mills.
In the meeting here Friday, APSFA state president Marrapu Suryanarayana said that 14 factories, both government and private ones, were delaying payment of `205 crore dues to the sugarcane farmers.
Though the Union government announced interest-free loans and released Rs 6,200 crore last year and Rs 4,400 crore this year, the state government seems to be not bothered about the release of dues to the farmers.
He asked the state government to utilise the funds released by the Centre for the interest-free loans to clear the arrears.
“As per the Sugarcane Control Act, if there is a delay in the payment of dues within 15 days, then they should pay with 15 per cent interest. The government should pay the dues with interest to the farmers,” he added.
He further added that the loan wavier scheme should be made applicable to the sugarcane farmers. APSFA state secretary M Haribabu and secretary Y Kesava Rao were present in the meeting.