Sugar mills received ₹ 15,948 from the government over five years.

According to a reply in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, the government released about ₹ 15,948 crore to sugar mills under various schemes over five years. Responding to a Rajya Sabha question, Commerce and Industry Minister Anupriya Patel said that the Center has announced various schemes in the last five years to improve the liquidity of sugar mills so that they can pay cane price payments to farmers. These plans included creation and maintenance of a buffer stock of 30 lakh tonnes (lt) of sugar during the period 01.07.2018 to 30.06.2019 and a scheme to cover domestic transport, loading, handling and other costs and sugar export season 2018-19.

The Sugar Mills Support Scheme has been established to cover marketing expenses including handling, processing and other processing expenses and inland transportation and freight costs during the 2020-21, 2019-20 and 2018-19 sugar seasons. Also in the 2019-20 season, sugar factories were supported to facilitate the export of sugar. “Around ₹ 15,948 crore has been released to various sugar mills in the country during the last five financial years, including the current fiscal till January 31,

Coffee

On a separate issue regarding coffee production, Anupriya Patel said that in 2022-23, Karnataka produced 2.48 liters of coffee in 2.46 lakh hectares (lh) area. It was followed by Kerala with 72,425 tonnes in an area of ​​85,957 hectares and Tamil Nadu with 18,700 tonnes in an area of ​​35,685 hectares. The export value of coffee and coffee products was $1.146 million in 2022-2023 and $1.016 million in 2021-2022.

Agriculture GVA

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was informed that the Gross Value Added (GVA) of agriculture and allied sectors has grown by 4.4% per annum during the last eight years. Agriculture and welfare minister Arjun Munda told the Rajya Sabha that the government has adopted and implemented several policies, reforms, development programs and plans to directly or indirectly increase the income of farmers. In addition to this, the Government has significantly increased the budget allocation from ₹ 27,662.67 in the period 2013-14 BE to ₹ 1,25,035.79 in 2023-2443 for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. As a result, the gross value of agriculture and related industries has grown by 4.4 percent annually over the past eight years.

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