UP government ‘ensures’ payments of Rs 8,000 cr to sugarcane growers in next 100 days

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  1. Efforts should be made to clear dues of Rs 8,000 crore to sugarcane growers within the next 100 days and Rs 12,000 crore within the next six months, Yogi Adityanath said.
  2. He also said his government is committed to making payments for sugarcane to farmers within 14 days of purchase.
  3. Agricultural education and agricultural research should be farmer-centered and responsible, he added.

Lucknow: Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath convened a meeting to review the agriculture department on Wednesday, where he ordered officials to ensure that sugar cane royalty are paid to farmers over time.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister stressed that efforts should be made to clear the dues of Rs 8,000 crore to sugar cane growers in the next 100 days and Rs 12,000 crore in the next six months.

“We have set a record by waiving cane duties worth Rs 1,69,153 crore from cane growers over the past five years. Efforts should be made to pay farmers 8,000 crore in 100 days and Rs 12,000 crore in six months,” he said.

He also said his government is committed to making payments for sugarcane to farmers within 14 days of purchase.

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Emphasizing the use of modern agricultural techniques as well as traditional agricultural sciences to improve productivity, the chief minister said agricultural education and agricultural research should be farmer-oriented and responsible.

He said that only 30-35% of production was achieved against the requirement for edible oils and added that in the case of pulses, 40-45% production was achieved. Yogi pushed for a concrete action plan to increase production according to demand. “The production of oilseeds and pulses needs to be increased. The role of smallholders and marginal farmers will be important in this regard,” he said.

The government of Uttar Pradesh aims to improve productivity from 81.5 tonnes per hectare to 84 tonnes per hectare within five years.

Yogi said that efforts should be made to develop each Krishi Vigyan Kendra as a center of excellence and added that the investigation of the crop insurance scheme should be simplified further. He highlighted the importance of natural agriculture in 35 districts along the banks of the Ganges.

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