Kolhapur: Sugar mills in Maharashtra will commence sugarcane crushing season from November 22, but still many sugar mills in the state have not received the crushing license. According to the reports, 14 sugar mills from Kolhapur and Sangli districts have yet not received the license for several reasons, including non-payment of FRP to the farmers. The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) has appealed farmers to not to send cane to such mills for crushing.
The SSS has asked the millers to not to take up crushing before the organisation declares the cane purchase rate in its conference scheduled on November 23.
Yesterday, sugarcane farmers’ agitation for cane price has turned violent as they have started setting fire to the tractors carrying a cane to the mills for crushing and also punctured the tyres of it. The heat of the agitation is felt at Shirol and Hatkanangle talukas of Kolhapur district.
A total of 195 sugar mills participated in sugar season 2018-2019. According to the Sugar Commissionerate report, the factories crushed 951.79 lakh tonnes of sugarcane to produce 107.19 lakh tonnes of sugar at a recovery rate of 11.26 per cent.
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