Two sugar mills stop issuing indents to growers: FOC

MIRPURKHAS – Two sugar mills in the district had stopped issuing indents to the growers after the verdict of the Sindh High Court (SHC), binding the millers to buy the sugarcane crop at the official rate of Rs182 per 40 kilogramme or otherwise the growers would be allowed to approach the district and sessions courts for raids, said Javed Ahmed Junejo, Farmer Organization Council (FOC) Sindh chairman, while talking to media persons here on Saturday.

He said that position of the sugar mills owners was not clear at this time as crushing of the cane still continued and hoped that Pakistan sugar mills association (PSMA) would approach the apex court against the verdict of the high court.

In this regard, however, he said that farmers were also waiting and had formed committees in the province at district level jointly by Sindh Agriculture research council SARC and FOC Sindh and those committees would approach the concerned sessions courts on Monday for raiding the sugar mills of guilty millers.

Besides that Sindh Abadgar Board Mirpurkhas President Muhammad Umer Bughio said that there would be big loss to the growers as harvested cane was lying in the field and it might be wasted if sugar mills did not resume issuance of indents and crushing. He said that growers should remain united and hoped that their struggle to get rights would continue till the acceptance of their demands. 

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