Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana threatens to shut sugar mills

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Kolhapur: Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna (SSS), warned sugar mills in the district to cut and crush the Sugarcane damaged due to floods by January end, else they will shut down the mills.

Jalinder Patil, state president of SSS met district collector Daulat Desai and pointed out the mills are not following directives issued by him to cut cane from the flood-affected area on a priority basis.

“Farmers in the district have faced heavy losses due to floods and want to clear their fields by cutting cane damaged due to floods. Delay in cutting cane is affecting the recovery of the crop,” said Patil.

Learning this Desai contacted officials of sugar commissionerate to solve the issue. Sugar commissioner office said that a meeting of all stakeholders would be held next week to resolve it. Desai promised the delegation that sugar mills which failed to comply with the directives will face legal action.

Desai in November, last year, asked the millers to complete the crushing of damaged sugarcane from flood-affected region by January 23.

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