Sindh High Court Tuesday ordered the Sindh Government to hold consultation with the sugar mills and farmers for reaching an agreement over price of the sugarcane crop. The Hyderabad Circuit Bench issued this order after consensus among the litigants in two identical petitions filed by the growers over the sugarcane price row among the three stakeholders.
The division bench ordered the Advocate General (AG) to arrange the meeting of the stakeholders on behalf of the government to “discuss, deliberate and reach conclusions” over the price. The farmers in their petitions have prayed the court to order the Sindh Government to fix Rs 185 per 40 kilogram price of sugarcane crop and cancel an earlier official notification which set the rate at Rs 172 per 40 kg.
The petitioners have based their argument on the cost of cultivation and marginally higher rate which is always paid for sugarcane grown in Sindh than other provinces because of higher sucrose content in Sindh. The petitioners’ advocates Ali Palh and Ayatullah Khowaja informed the court that Punjab government had fixed Rs 180 price per 40 kg and therefore, following the precedent of past several decades the Sindh Government should set a higher price.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan