No Cane for the Sugar Mill
Kyauk Taw, November 13: The
only sugar mill in
Since the local cane growers did not provide sugar cane to the factory, the mill will be closed for this year and during last year the mill run only for seven days.
Since the government started paying a price for sugar below its market value, the cane growers turned to rice; hence there is no cane supply for the mill.
Though the mill was to pay 2500 Kyats for a ton of sugar cane, the mill purchasing authorities tampered with the weight measurement, to give less money to the growers. At the same time, money to the cane growers had not been paid on time. Hence, the cane growers decided not to grow cane, but rice.
“This is an act of defiance and protest. If they want to arrest us, then we might as well be arrested. There is no benefits from growing cane, that is why all the growers agreed not to grow cane, this year,” says a cane grower from the region.
The Kyauk Taw Sugar Mill used to
produce a sweet alcoholic beverage instead of sugar, en mass. Arakanese people used to say that the Sugar Mill was used
by the Burmese government to corrupt Arakanese people
through alcohol. However, the alcoholic facilities were moved to main
It has been learnt that Sugar cane is harvested during October and November, and it is planted in December or January. #