Panaji: The Agriculture Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar, on Tuesday, claimed that the sugarcane farmers have agreed to switch over to alternative crops if Sanjivani sugar factory failed to re-start again.
Kavlekar heard the grievances of the sugarcane farmers, and sought suggestions from them during the meeting with them.
The Minister assured the farmers that the government will not take any decision on Sanjivani sugar factory without taking them into confidence.
The sugarcane farmers from Sanguem, Canacona, Quepem and Dharbandora demanded with the Deputy Chief Minister that the government should take a decision on the Sanjivani sugar factory within 15 days.
Speaking to the reporters after the meeting, the Minister said that the government will release the pending dues pertaining to sugarcane harvesting to the farmers soon as the required procedure has been completed.
He further added that the sugarcane farmers are with the government, and they have agreed to switch over to other alternative crops if the sugar factory cannot be operated in the near future.
“As the Agriculture Minister, I have assured the farmers that the government will provide them full support and assistance to take up alternative crops. The government would ensure that no injustice is done to the sugarcane farmers even if the sugar factory is shut down,” Kavlekar said.
The Minister further said that the farmers have shown a positive approach over the entire issue of the sugar factory.
There are over 950 sugarcane growers, basically, in talukas like Sanguem, Dharbandora, Quepem and Canacona.
The operation of Sanjivani sugar factory has already stopped as its machinery is in a dilapidated condition for the last few years.