Kolhapur: Coronavirus has impacted the sales of sugar, due to which mills are facing financial scarcity. Also, they are unable to clear cane dues. Sugarcane arrears are yet to be cleared in major cane producing states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and other states.
Mills are unable to sell the sugar amid lockdown, due to which sugar stocks are piling up in warehouses. The sugar sales in March and April, 2020, was lower than what was sold last year, by about 10 lakh tonnes. Due to low sales, mills are under deep financial crisis.
According to the Times Of India, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) leader Raju Shetti, said he would soon take up the issue of cane dues with officials and ministers after the lockdown is lifted.