The CPI State secretary K. Narayana has requested Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to take steps for payment of dues pertaining to the last crushing season to sugarcane farmers in the State.

In a letter to the Chief Minister on Tuesday, Dr. Narayana stated that sugar factories did not pay about Rs. 40 crore to farmers in lieu of sugarcane supplied by them.

Such a situation would force farmers into distress as they were not a position to bear the cost of cultivation for two successive crops without any income, the CPI leader said.