Government to look into problems faced by sugar mills

Nashik: Sugar mills and cane growers in Maharashtra are in deep crisis as the state had been gripped with drought and flood. Therefore, the government is trying to provide relief to them.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday while speaking to reporters said, “Discussions are underway to provide relief to sugarcane growers and also look into problems faced by sugar mills.”

He also said that loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government would benefit “85 per cent of farmers” as their loans are less than Rs 2 lakh.

The less availability of sugarcane and cane harvesters have affected the crushing season in the state. It forced many mills to shut the operations. Three sugar mills have closed their crushing operations in this season due to scarcity of sugarcane and cane harvester.

It is expected that most of the mills will finish crushing by January end this year. Crushing season in Maharashtra commenced late this year. Sugar mills in Maharashtra 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.

Also, sugar production in the state is down in the season 2019-2020 as the state had been gripped with drought and flood.

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