Goa CM assures farmers Sanjivani sugar mill buy sugarcane

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Ponda: Motivating sugarcane farmers to cultivate sugarcane, Goa Chief minister Pramod Sawant assured them that the Dharbandora based Sanjivani Cooperative sugar factory would purchase their and requested them to continue with cane cultivation.

The farmers were in a dilemma after the government decided to shut crushing at Sanjivani mill this year. Sawant assured that the mill will start operating from next year and stated that it wouldn’t affect farmers whether cane will be crushed at this mill or some other mill.

At present, the factory procures cane from farmers and sends it to Laila Sugar Factory at Khanapur in Karnataka for crushing.

Sawant said that the harvesting rate for the cane would be raised from Rs 200 to Rs 600 per tonne. However, he said, “The government could not hike canes rate from the existing Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 per tonne. The factory has been paying Rs 1,200, and also, the agriculture department pays a support price of Rs 1,800.”

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