NAUNDERO: Growers supplying sugarcane to Naundero Sugar Mills are suffering huge losses on account of getting cash payments from the mill owners.
Growers said that they were supplying millions of tons of sugarcane daily from far flung areas to the mill and they required urgent cash payments but the sugar mills authorities were declining the same due to which they were unable to make payments to the labour cutting and loading sugarcane for transporation to the mill.
They further alleged that the government has fixed sugarcane rate at Rs172 per 40 kg for which they have to make payments in cash but during the current season the mill authorities have asked the growers to get payment after one week which had multiplied their problems as they could not make payments to the labour and other shopkeepers supplying Urea and other required material for the crop after sowing.
They further claimed that anyone who was demanding cash payment on the spot was directed to meet a private broker making payment at Rs160 to Rs162 per 40 kg, which was Rs10 less than the fixed rate, which was injustice and a loss.
A reliable source told that a private broker had been asked to make cash payment to the growers just Rs5 less than the fixed rates but he was deducting Rs9 to Rs10 per 40 kg, making a roaring business.
Social welfare workers Sahab Khan Shaikh, Ghulam Hyder Narejo, Waryam Channo and others have termed this type of business as blackmailing with the poor growers.
They demanded immediate end to these dirty business tricks. When contacted, Hamz Ali Chakrani, Finance Manager of the mills, told journalists here that they were giving fixed rates and nobody was asking growers to get cash payments from anyone but if they were getting cash payment of their produce to fulfil their requirement then they were doing it at their own will.