Through a release, the state government said that the area under sugarcane has increased to 12.32 lakh hectare for the sugar season 2021-22, while the production of sugarcane per hectare is expected to be 97 tonnes.
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Maharashtra, India’s second largest sugar producing state, expects the state’s sugar production to grow by 5.6 per cent this season to reach 11.2 million tonnes. In a meeting of ministers presided over by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, it was decided that sugarcane crushing would start in the state from October 15. Sugarcane season is starting from 1st October.
Through a release, the state government said that for the sugarcane season 2021-22, the area under sugarcane has increased to 12.32 lakh hectare, while the production of sugarcane per hectare is expected to be 97 tonnes. We are hopeful that in the next season 193 sugar mills will become operational, which will crush 1096 tonnes of sugarcane.
Those who stopped the money, they do not have a crushing license
According to the state sugar commissionerate, Maharashtra produced 106.4 lakh tonnes of sugar by crushing 1,013 lakh tonnes of sugarcane in the 2020-21 sugar season. Maharashtra produces 206 crore liters of ethanol. 112 sugar mills in the state have set up ethanol manufacturing plants. The committee directed the sugar commissionerate, which controls the sugar industry in the state, not to issue crushing licenses to sugar mills who have not paid the farmers’ dues. The committee has directed that only 146 sugar mills have paid 100% Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) to the farmers. Officials should issue advisory in this regard.
Though the government has allowed mills to start production of new season sugar from October 15, the withdrawal of monsoon affects the date of commencement of crushing work as the fields have to dry up for laborers to cut cane.
Maharashtra leads in terms of payment
Sugar mills in Maharashtra have paid Rs 30,418.01 crore Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) to sugarcane farmers till July 31. Compared to the same period last year, this year’s FRP is 222 percent higher, with an overall increase of Rs 16,689 crore. In July 2020, sugar mills had paid FRP of Rs 13,728.94 crore, which was about 95 per cent of the total payable FRP. However, this year mills have set a record by paying 99 per cent of the total FRP payable of Rs 30,809.91 crore.
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