Print Edition - 2015-01-19 | MONEY
Sugarcane price yet to be fixed
Jan 18, 2015-
Mills started sugarcane crushing a month ago, but sugarcane price has yet to be fixed. Also, the mills have not made any advance payment to farmers. With the farmers struggling to get payments, they have now termed the cash crop as “credit crop”.
Ram Kewal Mahato, a farmer from Nokelwa, Sarlahi, said selling sugarcane has become troublesome, while other crops like wheat, paddy and maize sell like hot cake.
“We deliver sugarcane to the mills by paying labour charges and transportation cost by taking loans as we are not getting advance payment,” he said. “How can we term such a product cash crop?”
In Nokelwa, it costs Rs 60 per quintal to clear off sugarcane from the farm, and an additional Rs 70 on an average for shipping it to the mills. The shipping costs vary as per the distance.
Shikhar Pandey from Jutbela, Rautahat, says farmers involved in sugarcane farming by leasing land haev to bear a production cost of Rs 375 per quintal. Per quintal cost of labour and shipping stand at Rs 130, land lease costs Rs 100, and irrigation costs Rs 150.
Bhaktipur-based Santosh Shah says farmers are getting attracted towards other cash crops. “As selling sugarcane gets problematic, other crops sell like hot cakes,” Shah said, adding even after the price is fixed, the farmers have to make frequent follow ups to get payment.
Published: 19-01-2015 09:31