Delay in government formation affecting sugarcane crushing season in Maharashtra

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Kolhapur: The delay in the formation of government in Maharashtra is affecting the sugarcane crushing season in the state. Usually, the season starts after the group of ministers conduct a meeting and takes a decision regarding this. The meeting is headed by the chief minister in which the issues related to FRP, cane crushing, licenses to the mills and other issues are discussed, and permissions to start crushing are granted.

Usually, the season starts after Diwali or in October. But this year due to the prolonged rainfall, drought and the state assembly elections in the state, cane crushing is delayed.

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.

Flood in Pune, Sangli, Satara, Solapur and Kolhapur districts, the sugar belt of Maharashtra, have majorly hit the sugarcane crops, which will ultimately be going to impact the sugarcane production in Maharashtra. Also, farmers have uprooted sugarcane in the severely drought-affected regions of the state to feed their animals as other green fodders were not available. It will also likely to impact sugar output in Maharashtra.

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