‘Stop Factories From Emptying Sugar Stocks’
BELGAUM: Demanding the implementation of the prices declared by the state government and urging the factories to pay their dues, sugarcane farmers will stage a protest in front of the residences of all District Ministers throughout the state on May 29.
The protest is the result of the sugar factory owners not sticking to the State Advisory Prices (SAP).
State Sugarcane Growers Association Kurubar Shantkumar addressed the media on Monday after participating in the association’s state executive meeting held to debate the failure of the factory managements in paying the prices fixed by the government.
He said the district administration has issued notices to factories instructing them to pay the dues within seven days. The notices also warned the mills of initiating criminal prosecution if they fail to make payments within seven days.
However, the factory managements have challenged the notice and moved the court seeking a stay which the court has refused.
According to him, the factory managements have now conspired to empty the sugar stocks by transporting it to unidentified locations in Maharashtra and adjoining states to avoid seizure.
He urged the Deputy Commissioners of all districts to immediately seize the sugar stocks to protect the farmers and sell the sugar stocks to settle the dues.
Shantakumar said sugar factories across the state have `3,500 dues per tonne towards the farmers.
Although the state government announced sops to sugar factories including cut in levy on production by 10 per cent, provided interest-free fund to the tunes of `1,064 crore and lessened the burden on factories, the sugar managements are refusing to stick to the direction of the state government to deceive the farmers, he said.