Pune: Maharashtra may record high sugar production in 2021-22 crushing season. According to the news report published in Hindustan Times, sugar commissioner, Shekhar Gaikwad, has predicted this. The area under sugarcane cultivation has increased from 11.45 lakh hectares in 2020-21 to 12.25 lakh hectares this season which would lead to record sugar output.
“This is the highest area under cane cultivation in the state so far. Maharashtra has not recorded sugarcane cultivation on an area of 12.5 lakh hectares before. The crop quality is also good,” he said.
The sugarcane crushing season in Maharashtra has picked up with 141 sugar mills commencing the operations till November 16. These include 68 cooperative mills and 73 private mills. The mills have produced 97.18 lakh quintal sugar by crushing 112.52 lakh tonne sugarcane with a recovery rate of 8.64 per cent.