Sugarcane growers protest against non-payment


December 17, 2014
APP – Sugarcane growers of the district Shaheed Benazirabad staged demonstration against non-payment of their supplied sugar cane at the rate announced by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Agriculture Minister recently, on Tuesday. Growers Muhammad Saleh Biloo, Hakim Khaskheli and others leading the demonstration in front of Nawabshah Press Club said that sugar mills instead of purchasing sugar cane directly from growers, had started broker system causing financial damage to growers.

They said that mills were also illegally deducting amount from payment and even not paying the rate of Rs 182 fixed by Sindh government. The growers staged sit-in and chanted slogans against authorities. Addressing the participants of demonstration speakers said that Chief Minister and Minister Agriculture reversed the decision of Rs 155 to Rs 182 of 40 kilos sugar cane but all the four sugar mills of the district had denied the rate. They said that growers had stopped supply of sugar cane to mills. They appealed to former President Asif Ali Zardari, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, MNA Faryal Talpur to help growers in getting fixed price of sugar cane.

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