Ahmednagar: The cooperative sugar sector is going through a tough phase. The natural calamities including drought and floods have increased the challenges before the sector. It is necessary to unite and work together to find a way to come out of this grim situation, said Shalinitai Vikhe Patil, former president of Zilla Parishad. She was speaking at a closing ceremony of a crushing season of Padmashree Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil cooperative sugar mill.
“This was the first cooperative sugar mill in Asia and it helped to change the lives of sugarcane farmers. In spite of many hurdles with the help of farmers, workers and others, we performed well” she further added.
In the current season, sugar mills in the state are in big trouble as they have been impacted by flood and drought. As per data from Maharashtra Sugar Commissionerate, till 12th March 2020 overall 50 sugar mills in the state have closed their operations. Which include 14 mills in Aurangabad, 9 mills in Ahmednagar, 5 mills in Pune, 8 mills in Solapur, 8 mills in Kolhapur, 4 mills in Nanded and 2 mills in Amravati district. Yet, no sugar mills in Nagpur stopped crushing operations.
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