Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has suggested that farmers in Uttar Pradesh should grow other crops and not just sugarcane. “Excess production of sugarcane leads to excess consumption, which, in turn, causes sugar (diabetes).” said the Chief Minister during the inauguration of 154-km Delhi-Saharanpur Highway in Baghpat.
He also suggested Farmers, focus on the growth of vegetables. “Farmers should try to focus on growing other crops like vegetables rather than just growing sugarcane. Excessive production of sugar also leads to more consumption which, in turn, causes diabetes. You (farmers) are growing too much sugarcane today,” Yogi said.
Addressing the issue of dues of the farmers, CM Adityanath said, “The remaining 10,000 crores of the sugarcane farmers will be cleared very soon by the sugar mills. If they (sugar mills) don’t clear the sugarcane farmers’ dues by October 15, they will have to face the consequences. We have made all the required arrangements in order to clear the dues.”
The remark drew strong criticism from opposition parties in the state. Reacting to Adityanath’s statement, former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav advised him to ask him supporters not to vitiate society with hatred.
भाजपा सरकार गन्ना-बक़ाया न चुकाने से जिस तरह गन्ना किसानों का विरोध झेल रही है उस आग में अब प्रवचनीय मुख्यमंत्री जी ने ये कहकर घी डाल दिया है कि गन्ना न उगाएँ इससे डायबीटीज बढ़ती है. इससे अच्छा वो एक सलाह अपने मतांध समर्थकों को दें कि वो समाज में हिंसा-नफ़रत की कड़वाहट न घोलें.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) September 12, 2018
According to PTI, Sugarcane is the key crop cultivated in Uttar Pradesh, and the state alone accounts for 38 percent of the country’s total sugar production. Over 40 lakh rural households are engaged in cane farming.
Patting his government’s back in clearing sugarcane dues to the tune of Rs 26,000 crore, the CM said, “We have paid Rs 26,000 crore to sugarcane farmers this year and the remaining Rs 10,00 crore will also be released soon by sugar mills. We have made adequate arrangements for the same.”