To settle the disagreements over sugar deals, the Magway Region government will negotiate with a local mill.
The Myanmar Economic Corporation’s Kanhla sugar mill in Taungdwingyi Township is the major buyer of sugarcane. When farmers met the cabinet minister for agriculture Soe Myint, they complained that financial support for growing sugarcanes was insufficient and the long wait before the mill would accept their harvest caused the product’s quality to drop, along with the price paid to the farmers.
Farmers got 70,000 kyat per acre as financial support, said Taungdwingyi MP Zaw Min Htun, but they wanted over 100,000 kyat.
“ The minister said he would send a delegate to discuss the issue with the mill’s officials after a cabinet meeting,” he said.
Over 4,500 farmers grew sugarcane in 10,000 acres (4047 hectares) this year and expect to harvest 250,000 tonnes. (US$1 = Ks1,355)