SC seeks replies of Centre, states on delay in payment of dues of Rs 15,683 crore to sugarcane farmers
Besides immediate payment of dues to the tillers, the plea also sought a direction to the authorities to take action against defaulting sugar mills and also registration of FIRs.
Hit by back-to-back cyclones and severe crop damage, sugarcane farmers in Ariyalur district were hopeful of making some decent bucks as Pongal festival was around the corner.
"Nammazhvar Agriculture rejuvenation scheme" providing a backend subsidy to farmers cultivating sugarcane was launched by Agriculture Minister R Kamalakannan on Tuesday.
However, it failed. Since then, we are protesting but in vain.
The Ganjam District Sugarcane Growers Association (GDSGA) on Wednesday urged the district administration to begin crushing process by first week of January.
Farmers, who have been in distress owing to various issues in cultivation, harvest and profit owing to non-compliance of officials and private mills have, switched to cultivating other crops.
Javadekar also said that even if the recovery rate is 9.5 percent, sugarcane farmers will get a remunerative price at the rate of Rs 270.75 per quintal.