Incentives to sugar sector to facilitate payment of sugarcane dues



Incentives to sugar sector to facilitate payment of sugarcane dues 

The Central Government has fixed Fair & Remunerative Price of sugarcane @ Rs. 230 per quintal  for season 2015-16 at 9.5% recovery which is the bench mark price to be paid to sugarcane farmers. However, farmers in the States like U.P., Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and Tamil Nadu are being paid at State Advised Price (SAP) which is normally higher than FRP. In order to facilitate sugar mills to clear cane price arrears, Government has taken following measures:-


·                     Provided Incentive for exporting raw sugar in sugar seasons 2013-14 and 2014-15.
·                     Fixed remunerative prices for supplies of ethanol to OMCs for   blending with petrol; waived excise duty on ethanol supplies to OMCs during 2015-16 and scaled up of blending targets from 5% to 10%.
·                     Extended loans with interest subvention @ 10% p.a. for one year under Soft Loan Scheme 2015.
·                     Provided production subsidy @ Rs. 4.50 per quintal to sugar mills to offset the cost of cane.
This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that as on 05.03.2016, the outstanding dues of sugarcane growers against the sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh of 2015-16 and 2014-15 sugar season is as under:-
S.No.
Sugar season
Cane Price due in Rs. crore
1.
2015-16
Rs. 3375.78
2.
2014-15
Rs.406.41

Sector-wise number of installed and operational sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh in 2015-16 is as under:-
Name of Sector
Number of mills installed
Number of mills in operation in 2015-16
PubliSector
14
01
Cooperative
28
23
Private
116
92
Total
158
116

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66.83 lakh MT excess stock of wheat sold by FCI in 2015-16 


Food Corporation of India (FCI) sells   foodgrains in the open market under Open Market Sale Scheme (Domestic) at predetermined reserve price through e-auctions from time to time.   However, no target in terms of money realization has been fixed. FCI has been allowed to sell stock in excess of stocking norms on a regular basis in week/month. The details of quantity of wheat and rice sold and sales realization under this scheme during the financial year 2015-16 till end of February, 2016, are as under:-

Commodity 
Wheat
Rice
Total
Quantity  sold (In lakh MTs)
66.83
0.92
67.75
Sales Realisation (in crore Rs.)
10570.29
211.55
10781.84

This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution,
 Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that under Open Market Sale Scheme, 42.37 Lakh MT wheat was sold in the
 fiscal year 2014-15 and 66.83 lakh MT wheat has been sold in the fiscal year 2015-16 till end 
of February, 2016.

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Steps to control the prices of essential food items 
The Government has taken a number of steps to control the prices of essential food items. These includes:-

·         Regular review meetings on prices and availability trends are being held at the highest level.
·         Higher MSP is announce like cereals, pulses and oilseeds to incentivize production and thereby enhance availability of essential food items which may also help moderate prices.
·         A Plan Scheme titled Price Stabilization Fund (PSF) is being implemented to regulate price volatility of agricultural commodities.
·         Advisory are issued to State Governments to take strict action against hoarding & black marketing and effectively enforce the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 & the Prevention of Black-marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.
·         Export of onion is being regulated through effective imposition of Minimum Export Price from time to time depending upon exigencies.
·         The stock limits in respect of onion have been extended by up to 2nd July, 2016 and that of pulses up to 30.9.2016.
·         Procurement of 15000 MT of onion by SFAC and NAFED for market intervention during lean period has been approved.
·         Export of all pulses is banned except kabuli channa and up to 10,000 MTs in organic pulses and lentils.
·         Import of onion and pulses are allowed at zero import duty.  
·         Government has approved creation of buffer stock of 1.5 lakh MT of pulses for effective market intervention in future.

This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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