Karnataka: Government sets up committee to study profit sharing in sugarcane byproducts

Bengaluru: A technical committee is being set up in the state to study the sharing of the profits earned by the sugar mills with farmers by selling cane byproducts, reports The Hindu.

Sugar Minister Shankar Patil Munenkoppa said, “The committee comprises five members headed by the Commissioner of Sugar Development. It will study the issue of sharing profits from byproducts of sugarcane, including ethanol, and will submit its findings in 10 days. A decision favourable to the farmers will be taken by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai after receiving the report.”

Only five sugar mills out of 72 have not started crushing operations and orders have been issued to them to start crushing, he said.

Minister was speaking to reporters after convening a meeting of sugar mill owners in the light of ongoing agitations of the cane farmers in several districts in the state.



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