Cane dues to farmers touches Rs 4,445 crore in 2020-21 season; maximum arrears in UP

Cane dues to be paid by sugar mills to farmers stood at Rs 4,445 crore during the 2020-21 season (October-September), with maximum arrears in Uttar Pradesh, Parliament was informed.

During the 2020-21 season, a total of Rs 92,804 crore was to be paid towards sugarcane price to the farmers. Out of which Rs 88,359 crore has been paid and the balance Rs 4,445 crore dues are pending, as per the data placed before Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Food Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.

Of the pending dues during 2020-21 season, a maximum of Rs 3,752 crore cane dues is to be cleared by sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Rs 394 crore in Maharasthra, Rs 64 crore in Chhattisgarh and Rs 63 crore in Haryana, the data showed.

About Rs 52 crore dues need to be cleared to farmers in Uttarakhand, Rs 44 crore in Gujarat, RS 37 crore in Andhra Pradesh, Rs 25 crore in Tamil Nadu and Rs 9 crore in Punjab in the said period, it added.

The cane dues of Rs 130 crore are still pending for 2019-20 season, while Rs 365 crore for the 2018-19 season, the data showed. The minister said the data regarding cane dues of the farmers are received from the concerned state governments. The power to enforce the provisions of the Sugarcane (Control) Order 1966 with regard to payment of cane dues to farmers is vested with state governments as they have necessary field information for its implementation, she said.

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