With elections round the corner, the state cabinet on Friday decided to increase the state advisory price (SAP) for sugarcane by Rs 25 per quintal for the 2016-17 crushing season. The hike comes after a gap of three crushing seasons. The SAP for the last four seasons had remained at Rs 280 per quintal for common and Rs 290 per quintal for the advanced variety.
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Following the hike, the new SAP for advanced variety would be Rs 315 per quintal and for common variety, it would be Rs 305. The Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, also decided that from this crushing season, sugar mill owners would have to pay farmers in one go, as compared to the earlier system of making payments through installments.
For a long time, farmer leaders had been accusing that the state government of working in favour of sugarcane mill owners. They had also demanded that the installment system of payment be stopped.