Goa’s troubled sugar mill likely to commence operations from November

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Goa’s Sanjivani Cooperative Sugar Factory likely to commence operations from November this year. Cooperation minister Govind Gaude assured the mill workers and expressed willingness to begin production.

Gaude paid a visit to sugar mill on Tuesday and ruled out that it will be handed to the agriculture department.

The mill has registered a loss of Rs 101.22 crore due to several issues including unavailability of sugarcane and government after studying the feasibility of continuing the mill will take any decision related to it.

Gaude said that the government would make all possible efforts to run the mill. Also, they were reports, if the crisis continues, then alternative products such as ethanol would be considered as a replacement to revive the mill.

The government had promised sugarcane farmers that in this season they would not incur any loss. The government will purchase their sugarcane and supply it to the sugar mills in other states, besides providing support price to these farmers.

Local politicians warned the government over factory closure and threatened to agitate along with farmers on the streets of Panjim if government closes the mill.

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