Kathmandu: The deadline for the sugar industrialists to pay the dues to the sugarcane farmers has ended.
The agreement that reached with the farmers by the government to pay the dues within 21 days has expired. But the farmers have not received the payment yet. Even during this duration, the industrialists have not paid all the dues of the farmers.
According to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, the sugarcane farmers who had started the agitation on December 13 demanding payment of the amount due from the sugar mills had reached a four-point agreement with the government on December 28 but have not received the amount yet.
The agreement reached between the representatives of the Ministry of Industry and the farmers stated that the sugar industry would have to pay all the amount to the farmers within three weeks i.e. 21 days. However, the sugar industry has not paid all the dues as per the payment details provided by the ministry till Sunday.
Last time, the sugar industry paid most of the farmers but some of them have not received it yet.
“About Rs 540 million from four industries has gone to the account of sugarcane farmers. There is still some amount left,” said Dr. Narayan Regmi, spokesperson of the ministry. According to the data provided by the ministry, Shree Ram Sugar Mill, which had to pay more than Rs 350 million to sugarcane farmers, has paid Rs 310 million till Sunday. More than Rs 40 million is yet to be paid.
Similarly, Annapurna Sugar Mill has paid Rs 130 million out of Rs 300 million. Lumbini Sugar Mill has cleared Rs. 80 million out of 107.4 million. Indira Sugar Mill, which owed Rs 47 million, has paid Rs 20 million.