South Indian Sugar Mills Association welcomes budget announcements

Coimbatore: Sugar industry in Tamil Nadu welcome the state budget announcements for sector. South Indian Sugar Mills Association expects that it will aid to reduce the stress faced by the millers and encourage cane growers in the State.

According to a release issued by Palani G. Periasamy, president of the Association, the government had announced Rs 110 crore to bear the transportation cost of cane from field to the mill for the current crushing season. It had also allocated Rs 165 crore to pay transitional production incentive to sugarcane farmers.

This will encourage cane cultivation in the state. At present only 12 out of 25 private sugar mills are operating this season. From last three years, the mills in the Tamil Nadu are not operating with the full capacity.

Due to various reasons, Tamil Nadu sugar industry is in deep crisis. Sugar producers from the state had requested a relief package to come out of this grim situation. Drought in the state has impacted the sugarcane production, and also the cane shortage has affected the mills.

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