43 sugar mills commence cane crushing in Maharashtra

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Pune: The cane crushing operations for sugar season 2019-20 in Maharashtra had been delayed due to various factors. The 2019-20 season has already been delayed by a month because of floods and the Assembly elections and its results in the state.

According to Maharashtra Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad, “As on 30th November 2019, 43 sugar mills (20 cooperative mills and 23 private mills) have commenced sugarcane crushing in the state and by crushing 9.04 LMT sugarcane produced 6.67 lakh quintals of sugar with a recovery rate of 7.38 per cent.”

Sugar mills in Maharashtra have officially kick-started sugarcane crushing season on November 22 after they got permission from state Governor BS Koshyari in the absence of a functional state government.

A total of 195 sugar mills participated in sugar season 2018-2019 and produced 107.19 lakh tonnes of sugar at a recovery rate of 11.26 per cent by crushing 951.79 lakh tonnes of sugarcane.

In this season, sugar production in Maharashtra is likely to decline as the state had been impacted by flood and drought.

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