MEERUT: Overcultivation of sugarcane can indirectly lead to diabetes. This startling claim was made by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

“Excess production of sugarcane leads to its more consumption, which, in turn causes sugar (diabetes),” said the Chief Minister during the inauguration of 154-km Delhi-Saharanpur Highway in Baghpat.

The way to tackle this is simple, says Adityanath.

Uttar Pradesh is the leading sugar producing state of the country. Sugarcane crushing season starts from October 20 and continues till November 5. In 2017-18 season, 38 per cent of the country’s total sugar production of 32 million tonnes took place in the months of October to September.

Adityanath warned that stern action will be taken against sugar mills which will fail to clear pending sugarcane payments of farmers by October 15.

“Our aim is to bring the poor and farmers in the mainstream … If sugar mills do not make payments by October 15, the mill owners will be taken to task,” he said.

On Monday, UP Cane Development Minister Suresh Rana said the state will ensure the entire cane arrears of around Rs 10,000 crore are paid to farmers before the start of the new season from October.

“Cane arrears have come down to around Rs 10,000 crore. We have kept a target to bring the dues to zero before the start of the new season from October 20,” Rana said.

A proposal to provide Rs 5,535 crore for the purpose of clearing cane dues of both cooperative and private sector will be placed before the state cabinet in the coming week.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was also present at the Delhi-Saharanpur National Highway inauguration programme.

With agency inputs


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