Maharashtra: Sugar mills extend crushing period due to excess sugarcane

Following the excess sugarcane production in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, the administration has asked sugar mills to continue cane crushing operations till all cane is crushed.

According to the PTI, Jayprakash Dandegaonkar, chairman of the National State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation said that the steps were taken by mills and the government to ensure all canes are crushed.

He said, “Mills in Solapur will take excess sugarcane from Marathwada. We are trying to get the excess yield from Jalna to Solapur. Sugarcane production has increased in Jalna, Osmanabad and Pathri in Parbhani.”

According to the sugar commissionerate, 18 sugar mills have closed operations till March 20, 2022, including 14 from Kolhapur, 1 from Nagpur, and 3 from Solapur.

Total 197 sugar mills, including 98 cooperatives and 99 private mills, participated in the current season. The mills have produced 1111.64 lakh quintal sugar by crushing 1072.58 lakh tonne sugarcane with a recovery of 10.36 per cent till March 20, 2022.

According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), the sugar estimate from Maharashtra has been increased to 126 lakh tonnes as against the earlier estimate of 117 lakh tonne for the 2021-22 season (after considering diversion for ethanol production).


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