LUCKNOW: A delegation of BJP leaders today met Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi and requested him to direct the state government to fix cane price at Rs 325 per quintal and ensure that farmers are paid their dues with interest.
The delegation led by BJP legislative party leader Hukum Singh, senior leader Kalraj Mishra, legislators Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana apprised the Governor about the condition of farmers and sought his intervention, BJP Chief spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak told reporters here.
"He (Governor) has been requested to direct the state government to fix Rs 325 per quintal as cane price and payment of dues to farmers with interest," Pathak said.
The delegation told the Governor that the present Rs 260 per quintal payment to farmers by mills and Rs 20 later was not sufficient and they were facing difficulties due to this.
Ending a week-long impasse over cane prices, private sugar mill owners in the state had on December 1 agreed to start crushing at the rate of Rs 280 per quintal, but had maintained that the pricing was "unviable".