Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet and interact with a delegation of about 150 sugarcane farmers at Lok Kalyan Marg on Friday. The delegation will consist of farmers from states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The Union Government’s interventions and initiatives taken for the sugarcane sector are likely to come up for discussion during the meeting. PM is likely to talk about various initiatives taken by the government recently for helping sugar mills clear the cane arrears of around Rs 20,000 crore.
"The prime minister will meet and interact with a delegation of about 150 sugarcane farmers at Lok Kalyan Marg on June 29, 2018," a PMO statement said.
Sugar production in India is estimated to touch a record 32 million tonnes in the 2017-18 marketing year (October-September), against 20.3 million tonnes output in the last year. India is the second largest producer of sugar in the world. The country is also the biggest consumer.
This year's production is much higher than the annual domestic demand of 25 million tonnes. The problem of plenty has led to crash in prices of sugar below the cost of production, reported PTI.