Sugarcane farmers meeting next week over Sanjivani sugar mill’s situation

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Ponda, Goa: As yet there is no decision regarding the revival of the Sanjivani sugar mill, the farmers from the state have decided to convene a meeting next week to take concrete action with regards to the prevailing situation and pending bills.

Rajendra Desai, president, Sugarcane Farmers’ Association, said, “ We had in past submitted a plan to the government about the compensation to be provided to cane growers in case of mill’s closure including informing them well in advance about the same. However, there is no clarity on Sanjivani’s future. The payment towards the supply of sugarcane is also pending for the past few months.”

According to the media report, earlier Cooperative minister Govind Gaude had stated, “The government will be consulting all the stakeholders before taking any decision. The mill has incurred a loss of Rs 153 crores over the years. The machinery of the factory is deteriorating and the Goa State Pollution Control board and the inspectorate of factories and boilers are not permitting to commence the operations of the mill, then it is not right to start it forcibly.”

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