CM assures sugarcane farmers of starting Sanjivani after Diwali
Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant has assured the sugarcane farmers of starting the Sanjivani factory immediately after Diwali which was the schedule earlier.
Sugarcane farmers from Sanguem and Quepem, led by Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar, met the Chief Minister in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Babu Kavlekar, Cooperation Minister Govind Gaude and PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar.
After the meeting, Prasad informed that in view of the recent debates in the Goa Legislative Assembly during the ongoing monsoon session wherein discussions oriented towards closure of the Sanjivani factory had created apprehensions in the minds of the farmers.
He said, “In the last couple of years we have seen that due to the mismanagement of the factory the farmers have been suffering and they have been in a dilemma of whether to go ahead or not and the discussions and subsequent apprehensions necessitated that the farmers have a direct talk with the Ministers. The Chief Minister and the Cooperation Minister have assured the farmers that they need not fear as the sugarcane will be taken from the farmers and they will receive the payments in time.”
He further alleged that the losses are due to the problems in management of the factory and therefore the farmers should not suffer due to the management’s failures.
Stating that the Minister has assured to start the factory in time, Prasad said, “The factory should start in the second week of November. Immediately after Diwali the farmers want the factory to start functioning and the Minister has assured to start it in time.”
Responding to a question on the problems related to the delayed start, he said that a delay in starting the factory which has happened over the last few years leads to the sugarcane yield losing its sugar content and thereby it becomes useless and then production output also drops drastically. “Hence we want the factory to start in time,” Prasad added.