Last month, thousands farmers from west UP marched towards capital Delhi to press for their demands, one of which faster clearance of sugarcane dues.
On the vexed question of scrapping the State Advised Price (SAP) of sugarcane as advocated under the Rangarajan formula, the Chief Minister said the state government won’t do anything to hurt the interest of sugarcane growers.
He said that in 2018-19 season, the state government has issued licenses to about 170 new gur and khandsari units and freed them from most restrictions, which will also provide an option for sugarcane farmers to sell their produce.
Sugarcane acreage in the state has gone up from 6.4 million hectares to 11.6 million, leading to unprecedented production surplus in the state, which many experts believe isn’t expected to go down soon.
Adityanath also said from the 2018-19 season, the state government has started procurement of maize and bajra from farmers in addition to wheat and rice, which will sold through ration shops soon.
“In 2016-17, after we came to power, 3.7 million tonnes of wheat were procured. This was raised to 5.3 million tonnes in 2017-18, while 4.2 million tonnes of paddy was purchased during the same period. Earlier, just miniscule amount of wheat and paddy was purchased largely from commission agents and middlemen as the state simply didn’t have any mechanism to buy directly from farmers,” the Chief Minister said.