KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has directed the provincial authorities to explain their failure to enforce officially fixed price of sugarcane.
A division bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, had taken up a petition filed by the Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA)’s office-bearers, who moved the court against provincial authorities and the millers for not paying the sugarcane growers price as set by the government.
The counsel for the petitioner said provincial government had issued an official notification on Nov 7, 2014, fixing the minimum price of sugarcane at Rs182 per 40kg for the crushing season of 2014-15 and on the same date, another notification was issued specifying Nov 14 for the commencement of the crushing season.
He said the provincial authorities failed to implement the notification as some sugar mills were paying sugarcane prices at Rs150 to Rs155 per 40kg, instead of the officially fixed price, which was affecting the livelihood of the sugarcane growers.
He said the representatives of growers had approached the management of the mills for paying the officially fixed price, but to no avail. The petitioner pleaded the court to direct the authorities to implement the notification, through which the minimum support price was fixed at Rs182 per 40kg.