16 April, New Delhi
The Centre has convened a meeting of 13 sugar producing States in New Delhi today to discuss various issues related to the sugarcane farmers.
Chief Ministers and representatives of States including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and Tamil Nadu are expected to participate in the meet.
This was disclosed by Food and Consumers Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in New Delhi after holding a meeting with sugarcane farmers’ association to discuss the issues concerning them.
Paswan said, the objective of the government is to address the concerns of sugarcane farmers and millers. The Minister said, during the meeting sugarcane farmers have made various demands including increase in the import duty of sugar from 25 per cent to 40 per cent.
Paswan said, he will write a letter to Finance Minister proposing an increase in import duty on sugar to 40 per cent. Paswan also said that during this sugar season, dues owed to sugarcane farmers by mills has crossed over 19000 crore rupees and last year it was around 1689 crore rupees.