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Flat prices, late payments, rising costs — why western UP’s sugarcane farmers are in crisis

UP is home to 35 lakh sugarcane farming families, and the agrarian crisis is set to play a key role in next year’s state assembly elections.
Sugarcane farmers in the western UP region of Baghpat | Representational image | Photo: Shanker Arnimesh | ThePrint

Modi govt hikes sugarcane price, eyes benefits in UP & Punjab elections

Union Cabinet has approved the highest-ever FRP for sugarcane farmers at Rs 290/quintal, a hike of Rs 5 from last year. New rates will come into effect from October.
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Govt hikes minimum pay to sugarcane growers by Rs 5/quintal, rules out rise in sugar price

Union minister Piyush Goyal said the FRP has been increased for a basic recovery rate of 10% and there won't be any deduction where recovery is below 9.5%.
Sugarcane farmers | Representational image | Bloomberg

Why Modi govt panel is looking into this Gujarat model of payment for all sugarcane farmers

A high-level committee was formed In January to examine NITI Aayog's recommendation that, officials say, could solve the 'huge problem of dues'.

Locust swarms spare Delhi but threaten Rs 40,000-crore sugarcane economy in UP

The swarms have hit various districts of western UP and the Bundelkhand region in the last 48 hours, prompting alerts in several places like Agra, Kasganj, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot and Jhansi.
A locust infestation | Bloomberg

New locust swarm enters sugar cane region of Uttar Pradesh

In January, more than 25,000 hectares of wheat, rapeseed, cumin & potatoes in Gujarat were hit by locusts & a third of crops damaged in 75% of affected areas.
Sugarcane farmers | Representational image | Bloomberg

Take sugar, forget payment of dues — Yogi govt order angers sugarcane farmers

The UP govt threw back to the barter system of yore to settle farmer dues totalling Rs 12,000 crore. The idea doesn’t have many buyers.

India’s bumper cane crop will cause a global sugar glut again in 2020

New Delhi/London: India may roil the global sugar market again as prospects for next year’s cane crop have brightened due to brimming reservoirs. Bountiful monsoon rains this year have led to above average water levels in reservoirs, which will in turn boost the amount of sugar cane that’s planted, according to industry and Indian government officials. Sugar output in the country is expected to bounce back in 2020-21 from an estimated three-year low this year, they said. “The only thing that can stop cane plantings in India is the hand of God,” said Rahil Shaikh, managing director of trading company Meir Commodities India Pvt. “Other than that, cane will be the king and will be ruling the country for a long time.” Bumper crops from India, which vies with Brazil as the world’s top producer, have been blamed for causing a global sugar glut, leading to two years of more than 20%...
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Hungry cows reduced sugar output in Maharashtra by half compared to last year

Farmers in Maharashtra are selling cane in the cattle-feed market for as much as Rs 3,500 a ton compared with a govt-set price of about Rs 2,750.
Sugar | Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg

India is dripping with sugar but not enough buyers. Modi govt needs to solve the glut

In order to put an end to India's sugar mess, cane prices have to be linked to those of sugar and its by-products.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.