Government to serve notices to sugar mills if cane payment not made as per FRP

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Kolhapur: Like Uttar Pradesh, sugarcane farmers in Maharashtra as well awaiting for cane dues. In this season overall, 143 sugar mills participated in the crushing season.

According to the reports, few sugar mills in the state have not cleared sugarcane dues of this season, due to which cane growers are facing a financial shortage. In the previous season acting on pending dues, the administration had issued notices to the sugar mills.

This season seems to be very tough for mills in the state as flood and drought have hampered the sugar production. The non-availability of sugarcane has affected the current crushing season in Maharashtra. Many mills also claimed that they are suffering from financial scarcity.

“Government would serve notices to sugar factories if they did not make payment as per FRP. Most of the factories are in the process of making payment as per FRP. We will act if we get any complaint,” Sugar commissioner Saurabh Rao was quoted as saying by The Times Of India.

As per data from Maharashtra Sugar Commissionerate, till 26 Feb, 2020 overall 22 sugar mills in the state have closed their operations. Which include 10 mills in Aurangabad, 4 mills in Pune, 3 mils in Ahmednagar, 3 mills in Solapur, 1 mill in Kolhapur and 1 mill in Amravati district. Overall 143 sugar mills participated in the current crushing season.

Till 26th February, 447.24 lakh tonnes sugarcane was crushed and produced 49.23 lakh tonnes of sugar with a recovery rate of 11.01 per cent.

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