Asking millers to adhere to the timeline given by the CM, the chief secretary said it was vital that mills start crushing on time so that farmers can get fields ready in time for wheat.
While the farmers reiterated their demand that the hike in cane price must reflect the increase in the cost price of sowing and harvesting, the millers stressed the industry will be unable to pay beyond R225 a quintal. Farmer Chau-dhry Pritam Singh said: Cane price should be hiked to at least R 330 a quintal this year. But Deepak Guptara, secretary of UP Sugar Millers Association, said: We are hoping the government will announce a price close to our paying capacity.
Meanwhile, the state government on Tuesday decided to start running all 22 mills in the state cooperative sector between November 15 and 28.