Pune: Sugarcane crushing season ended in Maharashtra with the state producing the highest sugar so far in history breaking all the previous records.
Since the inception of the sugar industry in the state, this season saw the highest sugar production of 137.27 lakh tonnes. The average crushing period was 173 days, whereas average sugar recovery stands at 10.40 per cent.
Over all 200 sugar mills, including 101 cooperative and 99 private mills, have participated in the operations, which is higher than the previous season.
“The process of taking review of area under cane for the next year is currently underway. 95 per cent of the sugar mills have informed us that next year, the area planted under cane in their jurisdiction will be higher than the current year,” said State’s sugar commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad, as quoted by Economic Times.
Sugar mills crushed 1320 lakh tonnes of sugarcane this season and have paid Rs 37,712 crore of FRP so far which is 95.28 per cent of the total payable FRP to the farmers.