250 sugar mills lying non-operational in the country

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New Delhi: As many as 250 sugar mills in the country are not operating due to the financial crunch and poor recovery from sugarcane. She shared the information during the monsoon session of Parliament.

According to the news report published in The Times of India, Minister of state for rural development and consumer affairs, food and public distribution Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said, “Of the total closed mills, highest number of closed mills is from Maharashtra (66), followed by Uttar Pradesh (38), Karnataka (22), 18 each in Bihar and Tamil Nadu, 14 in Gujarat, 7 in Punjab and 2 in Haryana.”

Around 234 lakh acre (95,000 hectare) area in Punjab is under sugarcane cultivation and the cane yield is around 350 and 400 quintal per acre.

She said that out of 756 installed sugar mills in the country, 250 are lying closed. The seven cooperative sugar mills lying closed in Punjab are in Faridkot, Zira, Budhlada, Malout, Rakhra, Jagraon and Tarn Taran.

The minister informed the house that the lack of professional management, overstaffing, non-availability of sugarcane, uneconomic size of plant, poor recovery from sugarcane, age old machinery, financial issues and lack of irrigation facilities are reasons for the non-operation of sugar mills.

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