KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 25
Sugarcane farmers have been protesting in Kathmandu for the last two weeks demanding that the sugar mills clear their due payment. The farmers had not received any payment since nearly five years.
Of the paid amount, Shree Ram Sugar Mill has deposited Rs 260 million in the farmers’ accounts, while Annapurna and Indira Sugar Mill deposited altogether Rs 50 million by Thursday. The owner of the Annapurna and Indira Sugar Mill is the same.
According to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, all other sugar mills are in contact with the government and are in the process of clearing their dues to the farmers, but the representative of Lumbini Sugar Mills is yet to be determined.
As the owner of Lumbini Sugar Mills passed away earlier, its payment has been stalled, the ministry stated. But, the ministry has claimed that the payment will be recovered after finalising the person responsible after the demise of the former owner, Manish Agrawal.