Punjab to share 70% burden of sugarcane SAP hike

Sugarcane crushing seasons in Punjab starts from November 15; sugar mill owners had met chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, wanting not to burden then with the entire Punjab sugarcane SAP hike
Punjab sugarcane SAP hike was RS 50 per quintal, taking it to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>360; chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi has accepted to share 70% of the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50 increase. (HT FILE FOR REPRESENTATIVE PURPOSES ONLY)
Punjab sugarcane SAP hike was RS 50 per quintal, taking it to 360; chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi has accepted to share 70% of the 50 increase. (HT FILE FOR REPRESENTATIVE PURPOSES ONLY)
Published on Nov 02, 2021 01:14 AM IST
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Chandigarh The Punjab government on Monday said that it will pay 70% ( 35) of the hike of 50 per quintal in the State Advised Price (SAP) of sugarcane, with the remaining 15 to be paid by the private sugar mills. Overall, the state has increased SAP by 50 a quintal from 310 to 360 for the current crushing season expected to start from November 15. Now, private sugar mills would pay 325 per quintal.

The decision for sharing the burden was taken at a meeting of Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi with representatives of the industry. Deputy CM Sukhjidner Singh Randhawa, who holds the charge of cooperation portfolio, and finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal were also present.

The sugarcane growers had met the CM for the start of sugar mills at the earliest, but mill owners had refused to bear the entire load on the increased SAP. Channi also asked the mills to be ready for early start of cane crushing, with the owners agreeing to start operations on schedule.

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