Panaji: Future of Goa’s Sanjivani sugar mill workers and farmers is still at stake. Cane crushing has already commenced in many states, but still, there is no decision over the mill’s functioning.
However, the government has stated that it will purchase the sugarcane from farmers. Menino D’Souza, registrar of the co-operative society, said, “We will purchase the cane from farmers at the fixed rate and government has not yet decided over to starting the mill.”
The factory is facing financial trouble due to a lack of adequate supply of cane. The farmers and employees from the mill are against shutting it. The mill has registered a loss of Rs 101.22 crore due to unavailability of sugarcane and various reason. The government made sure that sugarcane produced by farmers will be bought at the market price. State chief minister Pramod Sawant had assured farmers that those who produce sugarcane this season would not incur any loss. The government will purchase their sugarcane and supply it to the sugar mills in other states, besides providing support price to these farmers.
Earlier many sugarcane organisations and groups met state ministers and insisted them to operate sugar mill in the coming season. Local politicians warned the government over factory closure. MLA Prasad Gaonkar threatened to agitate along with farmers on the streets of Panjim if government closes the factory.
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