Ruling out the possibility of revising State Advisory Price (SAP) for sugarcane the state government today said that it was a minimum and not maximum price fixed for the farmers for the current crushing season. The government also appealed to the farmers not to take law and order into their hands.
Addressing journalists here on Monday the Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh said the government had decided SAP after taking all relevant factors into account but “this is the minimum and not maximum price”. The district officers had been asked to take up the issue with the farmers and mill owners for more facilities so that farmers could be properly compensated.
Reacting to today’s widespread farmers’ agitation in western UP, Shekhar Singh said it was by and large peaceful. Singh hoped that the tomorrow’s meeting between Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and mill owners would solve the problems of the farmers.
However the state government criticized the centre for not discussing the issue before announcing Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for cane. He said the Chief Minister Mayawati had already protested over the central government decision. He said there were some disparities in the FRP.
“Resentment is brewing among farmers against FRP”, the Cabinet Secretary said, adding the government had given this year maximum hike of Rs 25. He said the government would also ensure payment to farmers with in a time frame.
In fact the farmers, demanding more increase in price have rejected both FRP and SAP. However the government said the SAP would be accompanied by some facilities, which the mills had been giving over the years. “The district officers would ensure this”, Singh said.
The Cabinet Secretary said the chief minister was sensitive to the problem of farmers and every measure would be taken to solve them. In order to keep the farmers in good humour the government had last week banned import of unprocessed Brazilian sugar by the mills to UP.