Belgavi: Sir M Visvesvaraya Sugarcane Research Institute is merged with S Nijalingappa sugar institute for betterment of sugarcane farmers, said Shivaram Hebbar, Minister for sugar and labour, Karnataka.
Sharing the information, at the 14th annual general body meeting of S Nijalingappa sugar institute, he said, “Out of 62 sugar mills in the state, 51 mills are in the jurisdiction of S Nijalingappa institute and 11 are attached with Visvesvaraya institute. Both were working separately and are working for betterment of farmers, we have decided to merge them with Visvesvaraya institute working as its branch.”
The step has been taken to promote the research in cultivation of all the crops. The institute will provide all the information to the farmers and make them self-reliant.
He asked the sugar mills to not to delay the cane payments to the cane farmers and ensure that all the dues are cleared in time, he said.
Sugar commissioner Akram Pasha informed that from this year the license renewal process of the sugar mills will be available throughout the year. Except two sugar mills, all have cleared the cane dues to the farmers last year, he said