Entities in the sector say this will not make much of a difference, unless supplemented by incentives. For, global sugar prices have dropped sharply over rcent years. The government seems to feel that as and when the export happens, prices will automatically rise, negating the need for any more incentives.On Monday, news agency Reuters reported the Centre might consider bringing back a production-linked subsidy of Rs 55 a tonne, to be paid directly to cane farmers, to ease mills' financial burden. Reacting to the news and also in line with bullish market sentiment, sugar stocks surged by 9.5 per cent on Tuesday. Shares of Dwarikesh Sugar Industries rose 9.5 per cent, Bajaj Hindusthan by 6 per cent, Uttam Sugar Mills by 5.5 per cent, Triveni Engineering & Industries by 5.4 per cent and Ugar Sugar Works by 5.3 per cent on the BSE. Balrampur Chinis gained 5.2 per cent, Dalmia Bharat Sugar and Industries 5.1 per cent, Mawana Sugars 4.9 per cent, Dhampur Sugar Mills 2.7 per cent and Shree Renuka Sugars by 0.6 per cent. However, later in the evening, top government officials said the government might not considering any more incentives for the sector till at least the election in Karnataka gets over (next month); it is the country's third biggest producing state. The first two are Uttar Pradesh and Mahrashtra, which together produce a little over 80 per cent of national output.
Cane payments: Paswan asks states to penalise defaulting sugar mills
Letter comes amid mounting sugarcane arrears topping Rs 160 billion and talk of incentivising exports
Sanjeeb Mukherjee |