PATNA: The state government, in consultation with the representatives ofBihar
Sugar Mills' Association (BSMA), has decided to give increased returns to farmers on three varieties of sugar cane that sugar mills will purchase from them at their gates this season.
The new rates are Rs310 per quintal for the super grade variety, Rs290 per quintal for the general variety and Rs265 per quintal for the low or sub-grade of cane, BSMA secretary Naresh Bhatt said.
The increase has been by Rs10 per quintal for the super and general varieties and Rs5 per quintal for the low/sub-grade compared to the 2016-17 cane crushing season.
However, if the cane growers are not able to bring the cane to the mill gates and sell them outside its premises, the sugar mills would pay Rs20 less to the cane growers for the three varieties, Bhatt said and added that the decision was taken at a high-level meeting involving cane minister Khursheed alias Firoz Ahmad, cane department principal secretaryS Siddharth
, cane commissionerJitendra Kumar Singh
and the BSMA representatives.
It was also decided to exempt the sugar mills from the payment of cane cess of Rs1.75 per quintal. However, the sugar mills will have to contribute to the zonal development council (ZDC) fund in proportion to the cane purchased from the farmers at the rate fixed for the purpose.
"The state government and BSMA decided to give higher rates of returns on cane to the farmers in order to promote sugar cane cultivation in the state," Bhatt said, adding that it had become incumbent upon the farmers to cultivate higher varieties of cane which yield better sugar to the mills.
Citing the observation made byRajendra Central Agriculture University
vice-chancellor, Bhatt also said the quality and capacity to yield better sugar recovery rate of Bo10 variety of sugar cane had decreased. He, therefore, warned the cane growers that the mills might not purchase this and other non-recommended varieties of cane during the next season. Bhatt also discouraged farmers from cultivating the cane that develops 'lalshar' plant disease for the same reason.
via The Times of India http://ift.tt/2hJjhqE
November 14, 2017 at 02:09PM
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