Sugarcane Current Affairs - 2020

UP govt launches e-Ganna app, web portal

Uttar Pradesh government has launched a dedicated web portal and a mobile application, named as ‘e-Ganna’, for sugarcane farmers of the state. It was launched by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at a function in Lucknow. Chief Minister also informed that during the last three years of his government, a record amount has been paid to farmers by sugar mills.

About web portal and e-Ganna App

The sugar mills will now issue the cane supply slip to farmers online. The step is to ensure that sugarcane farming becomes a profitable venture for farmers.

Both web and app will help in eradicating cane mafia and middleman and strengthen cane development societies. Moreover, besides ensuring transparency in the process of getting slips, the web and portal will also facilitate sugarcane supply by farmers to mills and check irregularities.

The app shows state government’s relentless commitment to pursue the goal set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double farmers’ income.

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CCEA keeps Fair and Remunerative Price of sugarcane at Rs275/quintal

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for Determination of Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane payable by sugar mills for 2019-20 sugar season.

Key Highlights

CCEA kept FRP at Rs 275 per quintal the same as last year (2018-19) for sugarcane sold to mills during forthcoming sugar season of 2019-20, much to distress of sugarcane growers.

FRP is based on recommendation of Commission of Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP) as per its August 2018 report on- Price Policy for Sugarcane for 2019-20 season.

CCEA also approved to provide a premium of Rs.2.75 per quintal for every 0.1% increase above 10% in recovery.

Price of sugarcane is fixed by Centre/State, while price of sugar is market determined.

What is Fair and Remunerative Price?

It is the minimum price at which rate sugarcane is to be purchased by sugar mills from farmers. FRP is fixed by Union government on basis of recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), an attached office of Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.

Factors: Recommended FRP is achieved by taking into account various factors such as cost of production, demand-supply situation, inter-crop price parity, domestic & international prices etc.

Sugarcane’s FRP is determined under Sugarcane (Control) Order, 1966 which will be uniformly applicable all over country. Besides FRP, some states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu announce a State Advised Price, which is generally higher than the FRP.

Significance: FRP approval will ensure a guaranteed price to cane growers. It also assures margins to farmers, irrespective of whether sugar mills generate a profit or not as FRP determination is in interest of sugarcane growers keeping in view their entitlement to FRP for their produce.

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