Harvesting of sugarcane crop begins in Goa’s Sanguem

Sanguem, Goa: While sugarcane harvesting kicked off in Sanguem on Wednesday, a shadow of uncertainty looms over Goa’s farmers. For the third year running, they rely on out-of-state sugar factories in Karnataka, their hopes pinned on promises of a revitalized local industry, reported Free Press Journal.

The predicament of sugarcane farmers in Goa, grappling with the challenge of transporting their produce to Karnataka, began three years ago following the abrupt closure of the Sanjivani sugar factory at Usgao, ostensibly for modern machinery renovations.

Francisco Mascarenhas, a member of the core committee of the Sugarcane Growers in the State, stated that the association is planning a sit-in agitation at the Sanjivani Sugar Factory from December 17 or 19. The aim is to exert pressure on the government to present a final proposal for the revitalization of the Sanjivani sugar factory or the prompt initiation of an ethanol plant.


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