Berhampur, April 25 (LocalWire): Several industries are in a quandary with the model code of conduct coming into force during the elections.
The sugarcane growers in Ganjam district are also disgruntled as they are yet to receive Rs 25 crore from the
Aska Cooperative Sugar Industries Limited even though the processing of this season’s crop completed on Tuesday.
The sugar factory stopped its operation from Tuesday after processing over 84,770 metric tons of sugarcane, which is 11,000 metric tonnes in excess than the last year.
It had started crushing sugarcane from 5 February as 4000 farmers supplied sugarcane but did not get their dues still.
‘We have applied for a loan of Rs 15 crore from the cooperative bank to pay the dues of the farmers. The government is supposed to be guarantor for the loan,
But since it did not give its consent yet, the loan was not been approved. The delay was also
because of the enforcement of the MCC,’ said president of the managing board of the factory, Bipin Bihari Patra. ‘We are trying to procure the loan to clear the dues of the farmers” he said.
Meanwhile sugarcane growers blamed the ACSIL authorities for delay to clear the dues.
‘The authorities were well aware of the electionsand it was their duty to clear the loan process prior to the enforcement of MCC, said Ganjam district
sugarcane growers’ association’s general secretary Sameer Pradhan.
He said the sugarcane growers could not start farming if the factory authorities delayed their payments. The sugarcane growers will be forced to agitate demanding their dues, he added.
Sources said the factory processed over 84,771 mt of sugar in 77 days.
Over 67,500 quintals of sugar was produced in the factory. Last year, the factory processed 73,779 mt of sugar in 57 days.
Last year, farmers had grown sugarcane in 4,300 acres. This year, the factory targeted 5000-acres of sugarcane farming, sources said.