Deputy Commissioner N Jayaram on Tuesday issued notices to 22 sugar factories in the district, instructing them to pay the minimum support price of Rs 2,500 per tonne to cane farmers in Belgaum.
According to district administration sources, the total sugarcane crushed by factories in Belgaum between October 2013 and April 2014 was 1,38,18,897 metric tonnes and the sugar produced from it was 15,91,775 metric tonnes.
The total amount payable to the farmers according to the minimum support price set by the government is Rs 3,45,472 lakh, but the farmers have been paid only Rs 2,46,480 lakh so far.
Of all the sugarcane factories in Belgaum, Satish Sugars of Gokak, which belongs to Excise Minister Satish Jarkiholi, is the largest producer, official sources said. In the abovesaid period, it produced 1,60,876 metric tonnes of sugar from 14,57,856 metric tonnes of cane. The factory owed Rs 36,446 lakh to farmers but has paid only Rs 29,157 lakh.
The second-largest sugar producer in the district is Ugar Sugars of Ugar Khurd. According to sources, between October and April, the factory produced 1,53,075 metric tonnes of sugar from 13,20,081 metric tonnes of sugarcane.
It owed Rs 33,002 lakh to farmers, but has coughed up only Rs 19,651 lakh till date.
Renuka Sugars of Manoli is the third-largest producer ,with 1,42,680 metric tonnes from 12,29,170 metric tonnes of cane. The farmers were to be paid Rs 30,729 lakh, but have received only Rs 24,583 lakh.