December 20, 2020 : Rautahat-based Annapurna Sugar Mill has started paying the farmers’ dues. The mill has issued a press release stating that it will pay Rs 10 million daily from today.
Rakesh Agrawal, the operator of the mill, said that the mill has prepared a list of Rs 10 million to be deposited in the farmers’ accounts daily. According to him, Rs. 18 crore was paid to the farmers last year.
According to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, the amount to be paid by the mill is Rs. Similarly, Rakesh Agrawal-run Indira Sugar Mill in Nawalparasi is yet to pay Rs 47 million.
The Shri Ram Sugar Mill, which has the highest outstanding amount, has started paying since last Friday. The mill has agreed with the Ministry of Industry to pay the arrears by Monday. As per the agreement reached with the ministry, the mill has paid Rs. 164.47 million to 6,000 farmers on Friday.
Sugarcane farmers have been protesting in Kathmandu since last Sunday saying that they have not been paid as per the agreement reached between the government, sugar mills and sugarcane farmers.
According to the ministry, Rs 84.1 million is to be paid from Lumbini Sugar Mill, Rs 47 million from Indira Sugar Mill, Rs 170 million from Annapurna Sugar Mill and Rs 350 million from Shri Ram Sugar Mill. Although two mills have started paying the dues, other mills have not started paying.