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Oppn slams Uttar Pradesh govt for 'inadequate' SAP for cane

Posted on Dec 08, 12:19PM | UNI

The entire opposition has criticised the Akhilesh Yadav led government for the 'inadequate' hike in State Advisory Price (SAP) for sugarcane and termed it 'unfavourable' for the farmers.

Rashtriya Lok Dal general secretary and MP Jayant Chaudhary has called the fixation of the SAP at Rs 280 per quintal as unjust for the cane farmers. "The state government has proved by its move proved that it is anti-farmers," he alleged.

The state government seems to be more concerned for the sugar mill owners, Mr Chaudhary stated adding, it will place the farmers at a huge loss.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Nirmal Khatri has flayed the Akhilesh Yadav-led state government for bringing a rise of Rs 40 in the SAP, which was much lesser in comparison to the production cost of sugarcane.

"We were expecting fixation of Rs 325 per quintal for sugarcane this year to ensure a justified price to the cultivators," Mr Khatri stated.

However, the decleration of Rs 280 per quintal would hardly fetch labour cost and production cost to the cane farmers.

In a similar reaction, UP BJP spokesman Vijay Pathak stated that the SAP should have been at least fixed at Rs 400 per quintal, taking in consideration the growing input cost.

The farmers are the backbone of our nation and their progress should be the top-most priority, he added.

The CPI has also condemned the move of the UP government and termed that the cane farmers are feeling cheated.