Punjab Government on Friday fixed the State Agreed Price (SAP) of advanced, medium and late variety of Sugarcane at Rs 290, Rs 280 and Rs 275 per quintal respectively for 2013-14 crushing season.
“Punjab’s Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal today approved the new prices after a meeting of Sugarcane Control Board,” said a spokesperson of Punjab government.
The spokesperson said that the state government had already fixed the SAP of advanced, medium and late variety of Sugarcane at Rs 250, Rs 240 and Rs 235 per quintal respectively for the crushing season of 2012-13.
“On the pressing demand of the farmers, Badal had asked the Financial Commissioner Development (FCD) to chalk out a plan to upgrade the Co-operative Sugar Mill Bhogpur by enhancing its crushing capacity,” said the spokesperson, adding that the state government would make budgetary provisions in future to overcome the situation arising out of gap payments. Badal assured the agricultural community that to facilitate the farmers, Primary Agricultural societies (PASs) would provide sugarcane harvesting machinery to them at nominal rates for which the government had already initiated a plan to provide all type of agricultural equipments at subsidized rates to the entire PASs.