Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the decision was taken in the interest of farmers and to ensure that they get a fair price for their produce.
New Delhi: The Haryana government on Tuesday announced a hike of Rs 14 per quintal in the sugarcane procurement price for the 2023-24 crushing season. This takes the total price to Rs 386 per quintal. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar made the announcement while addressing a gathering of sugarcane farmers in Karnal. He said that the decision was taken in the interest of farmers and to ensure that they get a fair price for their produce.
Haryana government announces hike in sugarcane procurement price.
The rate of sugarcane has been increased by Rs 14 per quintal, taking the crop’s rate to Rs 386. The rate of sugarcane for next year will be Rs 400 per quintal: Chief Minister ML Khattar. pic.twitter.com/KrZSfWzhPD
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Earlirer Announcement From Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced at the beginning of the year a Rs 10 per quintal hike in sugarcane prices, raising the crop’s rate to Rs 372 per quintal. The new price will come into force from the current crushing season.
Khattar said that safeguarding the interests of farmers is the utmost priority of the state government.
“I urge the farmers that the prices have been hiked, and now they should bring their sugarcane to the mills so the mills can run smoothly. The closure of sugar mills is neither in the interest of the farmers nor of the mills,” he said.
Crushing at sugar mills had recently come to a halt as protesting farmers had stopped supply of sugarcane by locking the main entrances of the fourteen mills in the state. According to an official statement, the Chief Minister said that though the current sugar price has not increased as expected, Haryana is paying high prices in comparison to other states.
The chief minister said that the opposition and some farmer unions were doing politics on this issue (the cane price issue), which is not fair. Farmers also understand today that the sugar mills are running at a loss, and despite this, the government is taking decisions in the interest of the farmers, he said.
(With inputs from agencies)