The Uttar Pradesh government has set a record in timely procurement of cane and payment to sugarcane farmers besides taking a big step in giving slips to the farmers from the information technology (IT) centres.
Giving details here on Saturday, Additional Chief Secretary (Sugarcane Development) Sanjay Bhoosreddy said that the department had set a record in timely payment and procurement of crop of sugarcane growers but to make their task more easy, the Yogi Adityanath government had decided to set up IT Centres at all the 145 Sugarcane Cooperative Societies of the state to provide sugarcane slips to the sugarcane farmers in a timely and systematic manner. He said this would give a big relief to 4.5 crore farmers selling sugarcane to sugar mills.
This was another endeavour of the government to connect farmers with modern technology towards a larger goal of doubling their income, he said.
The issuance of slips online has been one achievement in the sugarcane industry which has brought transparency in the system to a great deal. For this purpose, the state government is going to set up IT centres in Sugarcane Co-operative Societies of the state in the crushing season 2021-22. The slips will be issued from these centres only. These IT centres will be equipped with electricity, power backup, high speed internet, computers and printers etc
Along with timely payment to sugarcane farmers, the state government has been working assiduously to provide them every possible facility to sell their produce in a seamless manner. The Sugarcane Cooperative Societies are being equipped so that cane farmers do not face any problem in selling sugarcane to the sugar mills.
The several efforts of the government to provide continuous facilities to the sugarcane farmers are paying off. The yield of sugarcane is increasing continuously in the state which in turn is adding to the income of the farmers. The average sugarcane yield of UP in the crushing season 2020-21 is 815 quintal per hectare which is likely to go up substantially in the next season, according to Bhoosreddy.