Penalty for sugarcane growers waived

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Chandigarh, Nov 6 (UNI) The Haryana Government has decided to waive the penalty of those sugarcane growers who had succeeded in supplying the sugarcane during the crushing season 2007-08 to the extent of 50 per cent or above their bonded quantity.

The decision has been taken keeping in view drought like conditions prevailing during grand growth period of June to August of sugarcane crop due to failure of monsoon in the year 2007-08, Haryana Agriculture and Cooperation Minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha said today.

He said damage caused to the sugarcane crop due to natural calamities like drought and frost was beyond the control of the sugarcane growers.

He said that this decision had been taken to encourage the sugarcane growers of the state.

He said that in the middle of crushing season 2007-08, the sugarcane crop had also experienced severe cold conditions due to frequent occurrence of frost during the month of December-January causing extensive damage to sugarcane crop.

He said that due to these factors, the yield of sugarcane was affected and farmers suffered losses due to poor sugarcane yield and they could not fulfil the requirement of cane supply condition of 85 per cent of their bonded quantity with the mills.

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