Namakkal: Farmers urge government to modernise cooperative sugar mills

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Namakkal: Sugarcane farmers have urged the state government to take note of the bad condition of the cooperative sugar mills that are reeling under financial stress for the last so many years and take steps to modernize them.

As per the news report published in Indianexpress.com, Secretary of Tamil Nadu Banana Growers Federation G Ajeethan, who is also a sugarcane farmer, said, “The cooperative sugar mills have not upgraded their machinery since many years as they generate meagre revenue with which they can only pay farmers their dues and salaries of staff. Lack of modernisation of the mills is a major drawback.”

He said,“Government should focus on increasing area under cane cultivation by providing farmers quality seeds and subsidies for cultivation.”

OP Kuppurthurai, secretary, Salem cooperative sugar mill sugarcane farmers association said, “The scarcity of water due to changing climatic conditions and the increasing input costs has resulted in farmers turning away from cane cultivation. After 2011-12, the cooperative sugar mill in Mohanur did not achieve its crushing target of 4.5 lakh tonnes.”

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