Higher procurement price for sugarcane growers

Last Updated: Friday, November 25, 2011 - 13:58

Berhampur: Its sweet news for
sugarcane growers as Aska Cooperative Sugar Industries Limited
(ASIL), oldest sugar unit in Odisha in cooperative sector, has
decided to hike the procurement price by Rs 210 oer tonne this
year.

The farmers will get Rs 2210 per tonne of sugarcane
for their supply to the factory. The authorities have also
decided to pay transport subsidy beyond 10 km from the factory
to transport the sugarcane.

Last year, the factory authorities had fixed the price
of the sugarcane at Rs 2000 per tonne and transport subsidy
beyond 10 km.

The decision was taken at the sugarcane price
fixation committee meeting held at Chhatrapur, the district
headquarter town yesterday. Ganjam District collector and the
chairman of the managing committee of the ASIL Krishan Kumar
presided.

Besides the factory and agriculture officials, the
representatives of the Ganjam district Sugarcane Growers’
Association attended the meeting.

Sugarcane growers’ association had demanded hike in
sugarcane price to Rs 2500 per tonne this time as prices of
other inputs had increased many times. The representatives of
the association, however, agreed with this price after long
discussion.

“We have decided to increase the price of sugarcane by
Rs 210 per ton this time considering all aspects”, said the
district collector. At the same time the industry authorities
also stressed the need to increase sugarcane production by at
least 50 per cent in the coming year.

The factory authorities have set a target to crush
around 1.65 lakh tones this time as against last year’s 81,923
tones.

"Next year, we want to crush around 2.40 lakh tones
extending sugarcane area to about 9,500 acres from 7,282 acres
presently", cane manager of the factory PC Padhy said.

Sugarcane growers, however, said it could be achieved
only if the administration ensured irrigation facilities.
“Sugarcane cultivation was worst affected this time due to dry
spell for long period," said General Secretary of the
Association Samir Pradhan.

He said all defunct lift irrigation points should
be repaired, while village should be taken as an unit instead
of block in the crop insurance scheme for the sugarcane. The
administration has also agreed to repair the LIPs in the area
to ensure the irrigation facilities.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 25, 2011 - 13:58

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