Pune: According to the reports, for the 2019-20 sugarcane crushing season, 171 sugar mills in Maharashtra have applied for crushing license online. A total of 195 sugar mills participated in the operation this season. According to the Sugar Commissionerate report, the factories have crushed 951.79 lakh tonnes of sugarcane to produce 107.19 lakh tonnes of sugar at a recovery rate of 11.26 per cent. Recently, the last date for the crushing licenses was extended to September 30.
Sugar mills in the state for season 2019-20 may face difficulty in getting a crushing license. To ensure the early payment for sugarcane farmers, Maharashtra government has decided that sugar mills would be issued crushing licences only if they agree to pay fair and remunerative price (FRP) dues to cane growers within 14 days.
Sugar season 2019-2020 is around the corner, and cane growers in Maharashtra are yet to receive pending arrears from the last season. According to the reports, 56 sugar mills in the state owe Rs 398 crore to sugarcane farmers.
Flood in Pune, Sangli, Satara, Solapur and Kolhapur districts, the sugar belt of Maharashtra, have majorly hit the sugarcane crops, which will ultimately be going to impact the sugarcane production in Maharashtra. Also, farmers have uprooted sugarcane in the severely drought-affected regions of the state to feed their animals as other green fodders were not available. It will also likely to impact sugar output in Maharashtra.