Kolhapur: Most of the sugar mills have stopped cane crushing but some continue operations after they have been exempted from lockdown. Many cane cutters have returned to their native places including Beed and Marathwada, those stuck up in Western Maharashtra are reluctant to work due to Covid-19 fear.
According to the report published in Times of India, Arun Kakade, district deputy registrar, Kolhapur said, ” Out of 22 sugar mills that started cane crushing, 14 have completed the work and 8 are still functioning.’
“Among these eight mills include two major mills, Jawahar Cooperative sugar mill from Hatkanangle taluka and Datta Cooperative sugar mill from Shirol taluka. These will continue crushing for eight to ten more days,” he said.
Cane cutters are however not willing to take up cutting activities fearing Coronavirus and millers are convincing them.