Sugarcane farmers to hit the road

Sugarcane farmers to hit the street

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 21

As sugar mills have as soon as once more did not clear dues, sugarcane farmers from Sarlahi district are gearing to start out a protest within the capital.

A crew of sugarcane farmers from Sarlahi had met Minister of Business, Commerce and Provides Lekhraj Bhatt two weeks in the past demanding clearance of excellent dues by Chhath. Since their demand was not fulfilled, they determined to launch a protest on December 12.

Maya Shankar Yadav, a sugarcane farmer of Ramnagar Rural Municipality, Sarlahi, has not been paid Rs 800,000 by Annapurna Sugar and Common Industries in Dhankaul. “Though sugar mills say they are going to pay us, they haven’t,” stated Yadav.

As many farmers depend upon sugarcane for livelihood, they’re dealing with hardship as sugar mills all the time delay fee.

“It’s the accountability of the federal government to make mill homeowners pay farmers, however the authorities is silent on the matter,” stated Yadav, including “So, we are going to begin a protest on the introduced date.”

In response to Rakesh Mishra, patron of the Sugarcane Farmers Wrestle Committee, the federal government had assured farmers that Annapurna Sugar and Common Industries of Dhankaul would pay them after receiving fee for tender from Nepal Electrical energy Authority, however the authorities has not up to date them relating to this.

“Equally, the federal government had stated it was in contact with the Ministry of Land Administration, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation as homeowners of sugar mills that had closed down had stated they might clear excellent dues to farmers by promoting land that the mills owned, however the authorities additionally has not given any replace on this,” Mishra added.

He stated Mahalaxmi Sugar Mill had paid Rs 36 lower than the value mounted by the federal government per quintal of sugarcane in 2017-18. “The sugar mills additionally deducted 5 to 20 per cent of weight per quintal claiming that the sugarcane had much less juice,” stated Mishra. He additional said that that they had sought honest analysis from the Agriculture Data Centre to get well losses throughout weight calculation, however nothing had been accomplished thus far.

“We had filed an software demanding the deducted quantity of sugarcane in 2017- 18, however the authorities additionally turned a deaf ear to our pleas,” he added. “The federal government has not addressed the woes of farmers. It has been dishonest us by giving false assurances,” stated Mishra.

He additional stated mill homeowners had been taking part in video games by depositing a sure amount of cash within the financial institution accounts of some chosen farmers who had been actively engaged in protests to placate them in order that they didn’t participate in protests. “That is an injustice towards unvoiced farmers,” he added.

Mishra knowledgeable that mill homeowners had stated cash had been despatched to farmers, however they didn’t disclose the quantity despatched and to what number of farmers.

Farmers declare sugar mills must pay excellent dues value Rs 360 million to round 6,000 sugarcane farmers in Sarlahi district alone.

Mishra additionally lamented that the schedule of fee had not been maintained. “We had demanded schedule-wise fee to farmers. Each the federal government and sugar mills had appreciated the idea then, however they haven’t met any schedule until date,” he stated.

Officers on the Ministry of Business, Commerce and Provides in addition to Nepal Sugar Mills Affiliation didn’t reply to repeated calls looking for touch upon the matter.

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A model of this text seems in print on November 22, 2020 of The Himalayan Occasions.


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