KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Even though the government has set up fair price shops to give some respite to the consumers from the rising prices during the festival, consumers have to buy sugar at a high price this year during Dashain. Although the government has been selling sugar at concessional rates every year during the festival, there are signs that sugar will become more expensive this year.

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: Nepal has requested India to lift restrictions imposed on the export of wheat, sugar and rice.

KATHMANDU, August 27: India is considering lifting the ban on export of wheat and sugar to Nepal. The ban has been in place for the past two months.

KATHMANDU, August 21: The government is importing 50,000 tons of sugar for the approaching Dashain and Tihar festivals to preempt any possible shortage of the sweetener during the festivals.

BARA, July 8:  A pickup van loaded with sugar from Dhodharpa of Kolhabi Municipality was impounded by the District Police Office of Bara on Wednesday night. According to the police, 49 bags of sugar that had been smuggled into the country without paying customs duty to the government were seized.

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: Salt Trading Corporation (STC) has started the process of importing 20,000 tons of sugar targeting to ease the supply of the sweetener during the upcoming festivals.

Solidarity with sugarcane farmers

January 5, 2020 09:54 am

For more than two weeks sugarcane farmers from Tarai staged protests in Kathmandu against mill owners until the government signed a deal to address all their concerns on Friday. The farmers, who provide raw materials for sugar by selling which the mill owners make huge profits, have not been paid for years. In fact, getting the payment for their products has been a long ordeal for them.  They staged protests in their respective districts and drew the attention of the district authorities too.

KATHMANDU, Oct 20: The demand of sugar is generally higher during the festive season, creating more business for producers and traders. However, they are complaining of low business even during the recently-concluded Dashain and upcoming Tihar festivals this year.

COPENHAGEN, July 16: Baby foods on market generally contain too much sugar, posing a source of health concern, a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

NAWALPARASI, May 2: Domestic sugar product worth amounting to millions of rupees has been stocked for long in lack of market. Sugar mills in west Nawalparasi are struggling enough to clear their stock due to market competition, said entrepreneurs.

KATHMANDU, April 30: Though Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had said that he was ‘tricked’ by sugar mills to restrict the import of sugar, the government has continued the quantitative restriction until mid-July. The restriction that was in place until Chaitra end (April 13) was extended till mid-July.

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MAHOTTARI, Feb 1: The workers at Everest Sugar and Chemical Industries Limited in Ramnagar, Mahottari have continued their hunger strike today to press the industry administration to address their demand.

Children have on average already eaten more sugar than the maximum amount recommended for an 18-year-old by the time they reach their 10th birthday, a study suggests.

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KATHMANDU, Nov 21: The parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has endorsed the report submitted by a sub-committee, which among others, calls for an investigation into the recent artificial price hike of sugar, particularly during the festival season.

Bitter case of sugar price fixing

October 14, 2018 02:30 am

Apart from being visibly apathetic toward the woes of sugarcane farmers, the government authorities responsible for handling sugar supplies and market monitoring are found to have committed serious negligence in fixing the price of sugar in the local market, at the cost of financial burden to the customers just ahead of Dashain,

RAUTAHAT, Oct 13: Shree Ram Sugar Mills Limited of Garuda, Rautahat has started meetings with cane farmers to buy time to pay the latter’s dues, following a directive by the government earlier this week to clear all dues within five days.

Curious case of sugar quota

October 11, 2018 01:30 am

The case for sheltering sugar mills behind a quota, or a tariff, wall in order to safeguard the livelihoods of sugarcane farmers rests on shaky grounds

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: Members of a sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) formed to look into the soaring prices of consumable goods, including sugar, on the eve of festive season, have questioned whether sugar mills had made commitment with the government to not raise sugar price before imposing restriction on sugar imports.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav has claimed that there was no shortage of sugar in the market. At a program organized on Sunday, Minister Yadav said, "The rumour of shortage of sugar in the market is untrue. There is no shortage of sugar in the market."

KATHMANDU, Oct 5: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament has formed a sub-committee to look into the recent rise in prices of daily consumer goods, including sugar, on the eve of Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals.

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Public Account Committee of the Parliament has directed the government to fix the price of sugar at Rs 63 per kilogram.

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KATHMANDU, Sept 19: The country will not be importing sugar until the end of the current fiscal year, a move that is sure to drive sugar prices up in the domestic market.

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the import of sugar would be halted for time being as there was adequate stock in the country.

KATHMANDU, June 19: Sugar mills that have been delaying payment to sugarcane producers are next in line to face action from Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, according to the ministry.

SARLAHI, June 18: Sarlahi-based Indu Shankar Sugar Mill has started making payments to sugarcane farmers at rates lower than that determined by the government. The mill has been paying Rs 70.64 less than the government's rate per quintal of sugarcane.

KATHMANDU, June 11: Sugar price is expected to go down in the domestic market as its price is falling in neighboring India, officials of Nepal Retailers Association (NRA) say.Although the government has imposed 15 percent customs duty on sugar, retailers say it won't be sufficient to stop import of sugar from international market.

KATHMANDU, June 12: Sugar price is expected to go down in the domestic market as its price is falling in neighboring India, officials of Nepal Retailers Association (NRA) say.

SARLAHI, June 3: The Indu Shankar Sugar Mill has halted the payment to the sugarcane farmers, stating that it needed time to analyze the effects on the industry that the budget for Fiscal Year 2018/19 could make.

MAHOTTARI, May 23: Sugarcane producers have padlocked Everest Sugar and Chemical Industries, one of the largest sugar mills of the country, after the mill failed to settle their outstanding payments.

KHOTANG, April 23: The District Administration Office of Khotang has sealed a shop and its godown after completing investigation on a public complaint regarding presence of carbamide (urea) in sugar at Diktel bazaar.

KHOTANG, April 16: Complaint about the supply of adulterated sugar from a shop based in Diktel has prompted the District Administration Office, Khotang to probe the matter.

KATHMANDU, April 10: Police have arrested Brij Mohan Gupta, the financial manager of Eastern Sugar Mill, for not paying outstanding dues to sugarcane farmers.

SARLAHI, April 7: Indu Shankar Sugar Industry of Sharlahi has started clearing its long outstanding dues of sugarcane farmers.

RAUTAHAT, MARCH 27: Thousands of sugarcane farmers in Rautahat district are suffering as abrupt closure of Garuda-based Shree Ram Sugar Mills has forced them to sell canes to middlemen at lower price.

KATHMANDU, March 26: Sugar mills, including those that have not paid farmers for sugarcane, purchased many years ago, have pledged to settle their dues with farmers at the earliest.

RAUTAHAT, Feb 17: Shree Ram Sugar Mills located at Garuda, Rautahat has an outstanding payment of Rs 400 million toward the farmers, which has piled up for the past four years.

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: Two sugar mills have signed initial agreements with the government to produce electricity. If it goes as planned, Indu Shankar Chini Udyoug Ltd will generate three megawatts of electricity from December by rotating an additional turbine by the steam of existing boiler. The mills use bagasse, a residue of sugar cane crushing, to heat the boiler.

KATHMANDU, September 11: The government has forwarded power purchase process for purchasing electricity generated from two sugar mills.

HETAUDA, July 23: Armed Police Force has nabbed seven people from a hotel in Hetauda for illegally possessing 30 kg of brown sugar.

Man held with 6 kg brown sugar

July 10, 2017 18:52 pm

KATHMANDU, July 10: Police arrested a man with 6 kg brown sugar from Swayammbu Buddha Park in Kathmandu Metropolitan City-15.

RAUTAHAT, April 17: Failure of the Garuda-based Shreeram Sugar Mill to release payment has outraged local sugarcane farmers.

KATHMANDU, March 20: The government has dispatched a team to study sugar production cost in different parts of the country.

3 held with 50 grams of brown sugar

January 4, 2017 16:13 pm

KATHMANDU, Jan 4: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of Nepal   Police on Wednesday arrested three people with 50 grams of brown sugar from Kalanki area.

KAPILVASTU, Dec 26: Farmers in Kapilvastu are in big trouble as sugar mills are purchasing sugarcane on credit, stating that the government has yet to fix price of canes.

GAUSHALA, Dec 18: The Sugarcane Production Association, Mahottari has been on strike at the Everest Sugar Mill, Ramnagar since Saturday with a six - point demand.

Men arrested with brown sugar

October 23, 2016 17:10 pm

JHAPA, Oct 23: Police have arrested two middle-aged men with brown sugar.