Mva to blame for waiting for payment from sugar cane growers: Shetti | Kolhapur News
Kolhapur: The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) the government is responsible for the delay in paying the second installment of the just and remunerative price (FRP) to the sugar cane growers by the millers, alleged leader of the growers and president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana Raju Shetti.
Shetti met the sugar commissioner Shekhar Gaïkwad and expressed concern over the delay in the payment of the second installment of FRP, which by law must be paid to farmers. Shetti blamed the MVA government’s decision to allow the millers to pay the FRP in two installments for the delay.
“It has been over a month and a half since the grinding season in Kolhapur and Sangli districts ended. Of the 46 sugar factories, only 12 paid the full amount of the FRP. The rest are waiting for the audit to be carried out by the Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI), Pune, as mandated by the MVA government. The VSI will set the sugar recovery rate for each mill and then the millers will pay the second installment,” he said. He added that the farmers are facing financial problems and are waiting for money to start farming operations for the next season.
The MVA government took the decision to allow millers to pay farmers in two instalments because the mills do not have sufficient capital to pay the full amount at once.
“The state’s decision violated the law. The modification of the law can only be carried out by the Parliament. We filed a petition in the Bombay High Court against breach of process,” Shetti said.