INDIA: Eight mills in Muzaffarnagar pay down dues

Published: 02/13/2018, 7:52:06 AM

Eight sugar mills in the district have cleared sugarcane payments of INR12.06 billion (US$187.68 million) out of total dues of INR16.45 billion to farmers in the current season, an official said, according to the Press Trust of India.

The mills purchased 5.15 million tonnes of sugarcane from farmers till February 11 this season against 4.62 million tonnes in the year-ago period, the district cane officer said.

The district administration is trying to get clear all the dues of farmers, the official added. The state government has raised the sugarcane price by INR10 to INR315 per quintal for 2017/18 season that started in October. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association, as many as 119 sugar mills in the state produced 5.448 lakh tonnes of sugar till January 31 in the current season.