Pune: Many sugar mills in Maharashtra are likely to shut crushing operations soon. 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 41 sugar mills in the state have closed their operations. Which include 12 mills in Aurangabad, 8 mills in Ahmednagar, 5 mills in Pune, 5 mills in Solapur, 5 mills in Kolhapur, 4mills in Nanded and 2 mills in Amravati district.
Flood and drought have also affected the sugar output in the state. Till 10th March, 492.01 lakh tonnes sugarcane was crushed and produced 54.7 lakh tonnes of sugar with a recovery rate of 11.12 per cent.
Crushing season in the state commenced late this year. Sugar mills in the state officially kick-started crushing season on November 22 after they got permission from state Governor BS Koshyari in the absence of a functional state government.
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