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Chandigarh, Feb 29 (UNI) Punjab Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Thursday said that the cooperative sugar mills have crushed 1,56,70,692 quintal sugarcane during the current crushing season and have made payments on their own level to the tune of Rs 284 crore out of the total Rs 485.62 crore which is calculated in accordance with the price of Rs 310 per quintal fixed by the state government.
The Minister said that during the crushing season 2018-19 the cooperative sugar mills have crushed 1.56 crore quintal sugarcane till February 27 and the average on date recovery of sugar in respect of the mills is 10.41 per cent and the to date recovery is proceeding at 9.84 per cent which is likely to increase further. In comparison with the previous crushing season, the cooperative sugar mills have till date produced sugar worth Rs 25 crore more.
He further said that the cooperative sugar mills are making arrangements aimed at timely payments to the sugarcane farmers during the 2018-19 crushing season. He also said that the Chief Minister has already permitted the release of funds for the balance payments amounting to Rs 74.67 crores pertaining to the crushing season 2017-18.
Randhawa also elaborated that the state government is fully committed to the welfare of the farming community and as part of the strategy to give fillip to the sugarcane sector, the setting up of a Sugarcane Research Centre with the assistance of the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana is being given active consideration for providing new varieties of sugarcane which yield more sugar and more produce besides apprising farmers of the innovative techniques with regard to the sugarcane farming. The decision in this respect would be taken soon.
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