Three sugar mills stop cane crushing in Maharashtra

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Pune: The less availability of sugarcane and cane harvesters have affected the crushing season.

As per reports of Commissioner (Sugar), Maharashtra, two sugar mills, one in Ahmednagar and another in Aurangabad District had closed their operations mainly due to non-availability of labour for harvesting and less availability of sugarcane. Now, according to the reports, Jai Bhawani sugar mill has also shut their operation due to sugarcane scarcity.

The Kedareshwar sugar mill in Ahmednagar region and Sharad Paithan sugar mill in Aurangabad region had earlier completed operations for the season, crushing around 1,790 tonnes to 2,660 tonnes of cane.

It is expected that most of the mills will finish crushing by January end this year. Crushing season in Maharashtra commenced late this year. Sugar mills in Maharashtra officially kick-started sugarcane crushing season on November 22 after they got permission from state Governor BS Koshyari in the absence of a functional state government.

Sugar production in Maharashtra is down in the season 2019-2020 as the state had been gripped with drought and flood.

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