India’s sugar cane industry prioritises profits over workers’ welfare
02 July 2023 | 10:15 am
With a record-breaking 30 million tonnes of sugar produced last year, India recently became the world's largest sugar producer, surpassing Brazil. But at what cost? Every year, from September to March, over 1.4 million Indian workers migrate internally, searching for work in sugar cane fields. The labourers are paid a meager €300 to €400 for six months of hard toil, with only one day off per month.
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