Maharashtra: 13 sugar mills paid 100 per cent FRP to cane growers

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Pune: According to the media reports, 13 sugar mills in Maharashtra have paid 100 per cent FRP in sugar season 2019-2020, whereas 53 sugar mills cleared than 60 per cent FRP.

According to the latest crushing report of the Maharashtra Sugar Commissionerate, in sugar season 2019-2020, as on 22nd December 2019, 134 sugar mills (62 cooperative mills and 48 private mills) have commenced sugarcane crushing in the state and by crushing 118.77 LMT sugarcane produced 114.70 lakh quintals of sugar with a recovery rate of 9.66 per cent.”

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana is firm on its demand of payment of a fair and remunerative price (FRP) in one installment plus Rs 200 on per tonne of sugarcane, but sugar mills claim it is difficult to fulfil the same as the industry is suffering from sugar surplus and financial scarcity.

A total of 195 sugar mills participated in sugar season 2018-2019 and produced 107.19 lakh tonnes of sugar at a recovery rate of 11.26 per cent by crushing 951.79 lakh tonnes of sugarcane.

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