Pune: As the end of the crushing season is nearing, many sugar mills in Maharashtra are shutting their operations. The non-availability of sugarcane has affected the current crushing season in the state.
As per data from Maharashtra Sugar Commissionerate, till 5th March 2020 overall 32 sugar mills in the state have closed their operations. Which include 11 mills in Aurangabad, 8 mils in Ahmednagar, 4 mills in Pune, 4 mills in Solapur, 3 mills in Kolhapur and 2 mills in Amravati district.
Flood and drought have also affected the sugar output in the state. Till 5th March, 477.77 lakh tonnes sugarcane was crushed and produced 52.94 lakh tonnes of sugar with a recovery rate of 11.08 per cent.
Speaking about the country then according to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), during 2019-20 SS from 1st October 2019 to 29th February 2020, 453 sugar mills had started operations (as against 520 sugar mills which had operated last year), 68 sugar mills across the country have ended their operations by 29th February 2020.
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