Maharashtra sugar mills warned to not cease crushing operations with out prior discover

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Instructions have been issued to make sure that all of the cane within the space is crushed and if the sugar mill will not be able to do that, the mill ought to coordinate with different mills within the neighbouring space.

Maharashtra’s sugar commissioner has issued a notification warning sugar mills towards shutting down operations with out informing the Commissionerate and giving prior discover to farmers. The transfer comes within the wake of an anticipated bumper crop manufacturing within the state after cane was cultivated on 12.32 lakh hectares and making certain that each one the cane is crushed, Shekar Gaikwad, sugar commissioner stated.

Round 1,096 lakh tonne of cane is offered for crushing this season. Final crushing season had commenced on October 15, 2021, with the participation of 197 factories. Until date, the sugar mills have crushed round 845.23 tonne of cane to provide 861.53 lakh quintals of sugar, he stated. One other 300-350 tonne stays to be crushed and a few factories normally wind up operations with out informing farmers who’re then left with the cane. 

Factories are anticipated to present a two-week discover to farmers via public channels in order that farmers can strategy with cane shares, he stated. Instructions have been issued to make sure that all of the cane within the space is crushed and if the sugar mill will not be able to do that, the mill ought to coordinate with different mills within the neighbouring space. Mills within the state are anticipated to start closing down operations within the subsequent 20 days. In the meantime, mills in Maharashtra have reported almost Rs 1,532.26 crore in cane arrears they owe to farmers, as per the newest arrear report.

Many mills have taken the clause supplied within the Sugarcane Management Order, 1966, to signal agreements with their farmers which provides them the choice to pay the entire honest and remunerative value (FRP) for cane bought in installments. Of the 187 state mills in operation, 96 have persuaded their farmers to signal such agreements. Officers, nevertheless, had been fast to level out that regardless of this, mills have already paid 91.11% of the overall FRP amounting to Rs 15,710.88 crore.

The entire payable FRP as per the settlement together with harvesting and transportation quantities to Rs 17,243.14 crore. Considerably, final season mills owed farmers round `3,641.36 crore in FRP cane dues. This season, whereas 83 factories have paid 100% of the cane dues to farmers, 108 mills nonetheless owe cane funds, the newest cane arrear report acknowledged.

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