Struggling sugarcane farmers have again announced a capital (Kathmandu)-centric movement. Speaking at a press conference in the capital on Thursday, the Joint Farmers’ Struggle Committee announced the agitation by giving an ultimatum to the government to pay the remaining due amount to the farmers by September 19.
If the outstanding due is not cleared within August 20, the struggle committee has stated that the capital-centric agitation will intensify again. However, the struggle committee has made it public through a press conference that this time the agitation will not be as decisive as before.
The government had sent the farmers who came to Kathmandu for the second time in December 2077 BS making 5 points agreement. As per the agreement between the government and the farmers, the government had agreed that the sugar mills would pay the remaining dues to the concerned farmers within 21 days and if not, the responsibility would fall on the Ministry of Industry.
However, as per the agreement, the farmers have not been paid the full amount so far and the farmers have announced agitation again.
According to the struggling sugarcane farmers, a total of Rs. 900 million is due from various sugar industries but Rs. 250 million is in dispute and the remaining Rs. 650 million is to be paid by the sugar industries which has not been provided to the farmers till date.
As per the agreement made between farmers and the government, the outstanding due amount now falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Industry.