Mumbai: A committee of ministers headed by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray decided on Monday that the state will commence the 2021-22 crushing season from October 15, 2021.
A release issued by the state government said, “We expect that 193 sugar mills will participate in the next season. They will crush 1096 lakh tonne sugarcane.”
In the 2020-21 crushing season, sugar mills had produced 106.4 lakh tonnes of sugar by crushing 1013 lakh tonnes of sugarcane.
The committee has decided that only 146 sugar mills have paid 100 per cent fair and remunerative price (FRP) of the farmers. The farmers should take a call about whether they want to continue selling sugarcane to mills that do not pay FRP on time.