Maharashtra’s sugar mills crushed 390.82 lakh tonnes of sugarcane by February thirteen this season, developing 423.42 lakh quintals of sugar with an extract rate of 10.83. Knowledge obtainable with the Maharashtra Sugar Commissioner’s workplace reveals that seventy seven cooperative and 66 private sugar mills (complete 143 mills) have begun crushing this year. 8 mills in the State are however to get started crushing functions.
Interestingly, this year, sugar mills have proven promptness in paying out the Fair and remunerative price tag (FRP) to farmers. According to reviews, the mills have compensated an FRP of ₹4,886 crore to farmers out of ₹5,808 crore dues by the second 7 days of February. According to the Sugar Commissioner’s Office, no Earnings Recovery Certificate (RRC) has been issued to any sugar mills this season asking them to pay back the FRP.
Past season, farmers experienced released an agitation, forcing mills to pay back the FRP. By the finish of past crushing season, mills experienced compensated ninety four for every cent of the FRP to sugarcane farmers. Of the complete payable FRP of ₹23,000 crore, mills experienced compensated about ₹21, 604 crore to about 20 lakh cane growers in the State.
Past season, 195 sugar mills crushed 952.sixty lakh tonnes of sugarcane to create 1,071 lakh quintals of sugar. This season, a drought in Marathwada and floods in the sugar belt of western Maharashtra ruined sugarcane crops. Sugarcane tracts in Sangli and Kolhapur districts were submerged beneath floodwaters in October past year. According to sector industry experts, sugarcane acreage in Maharashtra this year is 8.forty three lakh hectares and sugar output could possibly be affected.
The sugarcane farming and crushing season offers a livelihood to virtually 2.five crore individuals in rural Maharashtra and presents immediate employment to about 1,sixty five,000 personnel, aside from eight lakh personnel engaged in harvesting and transportation functions every single year for 6 months.
CBI inquiry sought
In the meantime Shalinitai Patil, previous Minister and wife of late Maharashtra Chief Minister Vasantdada Patil, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the sale of sugar mills. She alleged that cooperative sugar mills were specific by Nationalist Congress Social gathering main Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit Pawar.
Talking to media at Koregaon, she alleged that employing SARFAESI (Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Property and Enforcement of Safety Interest Act), sugar mills were staying sold at throwaway charges to private entities close to the Pawars.