Centre Hikes Sugar Benchmark Price To Rs 290/Quintal, Rules Out Raising Sugar Selling Price

Published:Nov 29, 202307:18

Centre Hikes Sugar FRP Price To Rs 290 Per Quintal, No Change In Selling Price

Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) is minimal value that mills need to pay to sugarcane growers

New Delhi:

The centre on Wednesday hiked the minimal value that mills need to pay to sugarcane growers by Rs 5 per quintal to Rs 290 a quintal for 2021-22 advertising and marketing 12 months, however dominated out any quick enhance within the promoting value of sugar. The choice to extend the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane for the 2021-22 advertising and marketing 12 months (October-September) was taken on the assembly of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

The authorities had mounted sugarcane FRP at Rs 285 per quintal for the present 2020-21 advertising and marketing 12 months.

Briefing the media after the Cabinet assembly, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal stated the FRP has been elevated to Rs 290 per quintal for a fundamental restoration charge of 10 per cent. He stated a premium of Rs 2.90/quintal will likely be offered for every 0.1 per cent enhance in restoration over and above 10 per cent.

There will likely be a discount in FRP by Rs 2.90/quintal for each 0.1 per cent lower in restoration.

To shield curiosity of farmers, Mr Goyal stated the federal government has determined that there can be no deduction the place restoration is beneath 9.5 per cent.

"Such farmers will get Rs 275.50 per quintal for sugarcane in ensuing sugar season 2021-22 in place of Rs 270.75 per quintal in current sugar season 2020-21," the minister stated.

The price of manufacturing of sugarcane for the sugar season 2021-22 is Rs 155 per quintal. The FRP of Rs 290 per quintal at a restoration charge of 10 per cent is increased by 87 per cent over manufacturing price, he stated, including that sugar cane farming is extra remunerative than different crops.

The choice will profit round 5 crore sugarcane farmers and their dependents, in addition to about 5 lakh employees employed in sugar mills and associated ancillary actions.

When requested if the federal government will enhance the minimal promoting value (MSP) of sugar as FRP has been raised, Mr Goyal stated, "Not necessarily".

He stated the federal government is giving a number of help to extend sugar exports and ethanol manufacturing.

"Considering all of these factors, we do not see any reason at the present moment for increasing the (sugar) selling price," he stated, add added the sugar costs have remained steady within the home market.

He additionally stated the federal government has ensured a "delicate balance" between the curiosity of farmers and customers in addition to of the trade.

The centre fixes sugar MSP, which is the ground value beneath which mills can not promote the sweetener available in the market. The present MSP is Rs 31 per kg.

Mr Goyal famous sugar content material restoration has been bettering as farmers are utilizing fashionable know-how and new agricultural practices

Talking about sugar exports, the minister stated the sugar mills have contracted for export of 70 lakh tonnes within the present advertising and marketing 12 months 2020-21, of which 55 lakh tonne have already been shipped, and the remaining 15 lakh tonne are in pipeline.

Mr Goyal stated the federal government has been giving monetary help to mills for rising exports.

"To ensure that farmers get cane payment on time, the government was promoting sugar exports," he stated.

On ethanol, Mr Goyal stated using ethanol for mixing in petrol has been rising over time.

In the previous three sugar seasons, income of about Rs 22,000 crore was generated by sugar mills/ distilleries from the sale of ethanol to grease advertising and marketing corporations (OMCs).

In the present sugar season 2020-21, income of about Rs 15,000 crore is being generated by sugar mills from the sale of ethanol to OMCs at 8.5 per cent.

The minister stated ethanol mixing in petrol will rise to twenty per cent within the subsequent three years from the present stage.

According to Mr Goyal, the income from ethanol will enhance to Rs 40,000 crore per 12 months from the present Rs 15,000 crore, making certain that mills pay to farmers in time.

In the earlier sugar season 2019-20, about Rs 75,845 crores cane dues have been payable, out of which Rs 75,703 crore has been paid and solely Rs 142 crore arrears are pending, as per an official assertion.

In the present sugar advertising and marketing 12 months 2020-21, out of cane dues payable of Rs 90,959 crores, Rs 86,238 crores cane dues have already been paid to farmers.

The enhance in export and diversion of sugarcane to ethanol is making certain well timed cane value funds to farmers, the minister stated, and added cane growers now do not need to attend for an extended to get cost from mills.

Mr Goyal additionally lauded the Uttar Pradesh authorities for clearing all dues of sugar cane farmers for 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 advertising and marketing years.

He additional stated the dues for the present 2020-21 advertising and marketing 12 months can be cleared quickly.

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