“Excess production of sugarcane causes diabetes” – UP CM

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UP CM, Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath is back in news for his comment, this time it is related to his information on diabetes.

According to five times Member of Parliament from the Gorakhpur constituency of UP, over cultivation of sugarcane can indirectly lead to diabetes.

“Excess production of sugarcane leads to its more consumption, which, in turn causes sugar (diabetes),” said the Chief Minister during the inauguration of 154-km Delhi-Saharanpur Highway in Baghpat.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was also present at the Delhi-Saharanpur National Highway inauguration programme.

Adityanath also said that the way to tackle this problem was simple,

“You must start growing other crops besides sugarcane.”

 

Uttar Pradesh is the leading sugar producing state of the country. Sugarcane crushing season starts from end of October and continues till around first week of November. In 2017-18 season, 38 per cent of the country’s total sugar production of 32 million tonnes took place in the months of October to September, as per a news agency report.

Adityanath further warned that stern action will be taken against sugar mills, which will fail to clear pending sugarcane payments of farmers by October 15.

“Our aim is to bring the poor and farmers in the mainstream … If sugar mills do not make payments by October 15, the mill owners will be taken to task,” he said.

On Monday, UP Cane Development Minister Suresh Rana said the state will ensure the entire cane arrears of around Rs. 10,000 crore are paid to farmers before the start of the new season from October.

“Cane arrears have come down to around Rs 10,000 crore. We have kept a target to bring the dues to zero before the start of the new season from 20th October,” Rana said.

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A proposal to provide Rs. 5,535 crore for the purpose of clearing cane dues of both cooperative and private sector will be placed before the state cabinet in the coming week.

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