Kolhapur: District collector Daulat Desai has convened the meeting of the sugar millers from Kolhapur district today as the farmers have stated that the mills are not crushing the sugarcane damaged during the floods last year.
Desai had earlier ask millers to complete cutting and crushing of damaged cane. However, despite this, the millers had not followed the deadline. Sugarcane farmers claim the delay in cutting sugar cane in the flood-affected areas is badly affecting its recovery, resulting in financial losses. In today’s meeting, various issues regarding cane cutting will be discussed.
Recently, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna (SSS), warned sugar mills in the district to cut and crush the Sugarcane damaged due to floods by January end, else they will shut down the mills. Jalinder Patil, state president of SSS met district collector Daulat Desai and pointed out the mills are not following directives issued by him to cut cane from the flood-affected area on a priority basis.