The sugarcane farmers in Maharashtra are facing great hardship due to non-payment of dues by the sugar mills. According to the 1966 Sugar control order of the Maharashtra government, mills are required to pay the fair and remunerative prices (FRP) to the sugarcane farmers from whom they obtain their sugarcane supplies within 14 days. Failing this payment mills could lose their assets. The FRP is decided each year by the Central government and stands at Rs. 2,200 per tonne this year.