Mumbai: In a much-needed relief to sugar mills, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced a subsidy of Rs 200 per tonne on excess sugarcane crushing after May 1.
The decision was taken at the meeting chaired by state’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray as sugar mills are still functioning to crush the standing sugarcane.
This season, the state has recorded a bumper sugarcane production as the area under cane cultivation was increased by 2.25 lakh hectares compared to the previous season.
The meeting was convened to review the status of sugarcane crushing in the state that was attended by several heavyweight ministers from the state cabinet, sugar commissioner, and others.
He also issued instructions to the millers not to shut operations till they crush all the cane grown in fields.