Pune: The delay in the formation of government in Maharashtra has already delayed the crushing season. After the President’s rule imposed in the state, the state sugar commissioner office has recommended to commence crushing season from November 25.
Usually, the season starts after the formation of a government, group of ministers conduct a meeting and takes a decision regarding this. Normally, the season starts after Diwali or in October. But this year due to the prolonged rainfall, drought and the state assembly elections in the state, cane crushing is delayed.
According to the reports, till date, 89 mills have received the crushing license, and 72 are still waiting for it. And the sugar commissioner’s office is learnt to have written to the state government to start the crushing season on November 25.
Flood in Pune, Sangli, Satara, Solapur and Kolhapur districts, the sugar belt of Maharashtra, have majorly hit the sugarcane crops, which will ultimately be going to impact the sugarcane production in Maharashtra. Also, farmers have uprooted sugarcane in the severely drought-affected regions of the state to feed their animals as other green fodders were not available. It will also likely to impact sugar output in Maharashtra.
Due to less availability of sugarcane, mills will not run for a longer time. In sugar season 2018-2019, 195 sugar mills participated and produced 107.19 lakh tonnes of sugar by crushing 951.79 lakh tonnes of sugarcane with a recovery rate of 11.26 per cent.
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