September 26, 2018 / 9:34 AM / a year ago

Cabinet approves raising production assistance for cane farmers

A trader eats a sugarcane as he waits for customers at a sugarcane wholesale market in Kolkata, India June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s cabinet on Wednesday approved raising the price the government directly pays to cane growers to 138 rupees ($1.90) a tonne in the new season beginning October 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

Reuters earlier reported that the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was set to raise cane farmers’ production assistance to 138 rupees a tonne in the 2018/19 season, up from 55 rupees in the current season.

On Wednesday, Modi’s cabinet approved other incentives to encourage cash-strapped mills to export sugar in the 2018/19 season, as part of efforts to trim bulging stocks at home.

($1 = 72.63 rupees)

Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing by Malini Menon

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