Crushing completed in April, but two factories yet to pay the due

Farmers staged a walk-out from the monthly grievances day meeting at the collectorate on Friday demanding payment for the sugarcane crushed for the year 2012-13 by Thiru Arooran Sugar factory at Thirumandankudi and Ambiga Sugars at Thugili near Kumbakonam.

Before walking out, they appealed to Collector K.Baskaran, who presided over the meeting, to get nearly Rs. 84 crore due to them from the factories. Sundara Vimalanathan, a farmer, who led the walk-out, said that the crushing was completed in April, but the two factories had not paid the due for the cane supplied by farmers so far.

Arooran sugars owed Rs. 35.49 crore and Ambiga sugars Rs. 48.1 crore. As per the sugarcane control Act, factories have to pay interest if they don’t pay the amount due to the farmers within 15 days of their supply.

However, officials of the factories said that for Arooran sugars, Rs. 8.8 crore would be paid before June 10, Rs. 14.5 crore before June 30, and the rest before July. For Ambiga sugars, Rs. 12 crore would be paid before June 10, Rs. 16 crore before June 30, and the rest before July.

Later, the Collector said that for the kuruvai season this year, there is a stock of 158 tonnes of ADT 3, ADT 43 and ADT 45 variety of seeds. There is a stock of ADT 5 black gram seeds at the agriculture extension centres. Kuruvai cultivation has begun in pumpset-irrigated areas and so far the crop has been raised on 3211 hectares.

A target of 5,000 farm ponds have been given for Thanjavur district under Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and beneficiaries have been selected for digging 4,998 farm ponds.

Work is going on for digging these ponds.