Minister Sanjeev Balyan asks sugar mills to continue operations

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Muzaffarnagar: Coronavirus has impacted the sugar mills operations. In many sugar-producing states, mills are struggling to operate. Also, farmers are worried as sugarcane is still standing in the fields.

Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan has urged the sugar mills in Muzaffarnagar district to continue operations till the entire sugarcane is not harvested.

The minister convened a meeting with the management of eight sugar mills and senior police and administrative officials and issued instructions in this regard. He said, “Eight sugar mills in the district are running in full swing during a lockdown and will continue till all the cane grown in the region is not crushed”.

According to the ISMA, “Wherever there is any availability of sugarcane, the sugar mills are making all efforts to ensure that the farmers do not face any problem, and sugar mills in those areas are operating.”

In Uttar Pradesh, 119 sugar mills which were in operation, have produced 97.20 lakh tonnes of sugar till 31st March 2020. Out of 119 sugar mills, 6 sugar mills have stopped crushing operations. Against this, 114 were in operation last year on the same date and the sugar production was 95.67 lakh tonnes last year, upto 31st March 2019.

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