Kathmandu, January 24
Even after the government’s deadline given to sugar mill owners to pay the dues of sugarcane farmers ended on January 21, the mill owners have failed to do so. As a result, the Sugarcane Farmers’ Struggle Committee has started its second phase of protests from today to pressure the government to recover the due payments of farmers from sugar mills.
The delay in payments has also affected sugarcane production.
As per farmers, in Sarlahi district alone around 10 million quintals of sugarcane used to be produced.
However, in the last fiscal year, only 4.2 quintals of sugarcane was produced.
Sarlahi produces the largest quantity of sugarcane in the country.
“Farmers are being discouraged from taking up sugarcane farming in recent years as they have to struggle a lot to receive their payments for their produce,” committee member Rajesh Yadav said. “Forget about receiving the government subsidy, we are struggling to even get our personal payments.”
Yadav further said that the lengthy process involved in getting the government subsidy is a bother for farmers.
“Our committee requested the government to introduce a policy whereby sugar mills and the government would mandatorily provide farmers’ payments within 15 days of sugarcane crushing,” he said. He added that most farmers don’t have any hope of rece