'Sugar ban may be lifted after crushing season'
The state government on Sunday made it clear that the ban on import of unprocessed sugar would be lifted only after the completion of present crushing season.india Updated: Nov 22, 2009 19:03 IST
The state government on Sunday made it clear that the ban on import of unprocessed sugar would be lifted only after the completion of present crushing season.
Talking to journalists in Lucknow on Sunday Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh said the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had written to the UP government asking for lifting of ban but the state had clarified that ban would be removed after crushing season. The central government wanted import to avoid shortage of sugar in market.
"We are not opposed to import but in view some problems the government had taken this measure after consulting the sugar mill owners", Shekhar Singh said, adding crushing process had commenced around 30 mills in the state.
Following the protest by the farmers at Muzaffarnagar where a rack of unprocessed had come last month the government had imposed ban.
Singh said after withdrawal of controversial ordinance fixing fair and remunerative price (FRP) the crisis was now over and farmers would help in commencement of the crushing season.
Singh said that the state advisory price (SAP) of Rs 165 and Rs 170 per quintal was minimum and the divisional commissioners had been asked to arrange meeting between mill management and the farmers for more facilities. He said apart from SAP the UP Sugar Mills Association had also agreed to give an additional Rs 15 per quintal as bonus to the farmers.
Asserting that Chief Minister Mayawati was committed to adequate facilities to the farmers, Singh said facilities could vary from mill to mill because of local factors, including yield from the sugarcane. Singh however firmly ruled out the possibility in increase in SAP. He said it had been fixed after taking various factors into account. But the government would ensure that farmers could get more facilities from the mills, he said and added that there was no pending payment of government-owned sugar mills.
Singh said slackness on the part of the officers in solving the problems of farmers would not be tolerated. He said mills had so far purchased 6.5 lakh tonne cane. The total production is likely to be 980 lakh tonne this year.