Maharashtra’s sugar mills crushed 390.82 lakh tonnes of sugarcane by February thirteen this year, making 423.forty two lakh quintals of sugar with an extract price of ten.eighty three. Knowledge available with the Maharashtra Sugar Commissioner’s office reveals that 77 cooperative and 66 non-public sugar mills (total 143 mills) have began crushing this calendar year. 8 mills in the State are however to get started crushing operations.
Apparently, this calendar year, sugar mills have proven promptness in paying the Honest and remunerative price tag (FRP) to farmers. According to experiences, the mills have paid out an FRP of ₹4,886 crore to farmers out of ₹5,808 crore dues by the next 7 days of February. According to the Sugar Commissioner’s Business office, no Profits Restoration Certification (RRC) has been issued to any sugar mills this year asking them to shell out the FRP.
Final year, farmers had introduced an agitation, forcing mills to shell out the FRP. By the conclude of very last crushing year, mills had paid out ninety four for each cent of the FRP to sugarcane farmers. Of the total payable FRP of ₹23,000 crore, mills had paid out about ₹21, 604 crore to more than twenty lakh cane growers in the State.
Final year, 195 sugar mills crushed 952.60 lakh tonnes of sugarcane to generate 1,071 lakh quintals of sugar. This year, a drought in Marathwada and floods in the sugar belt of western Maharashtra ruined sugarcane crops. Sugarcane tracts in Sangli and Kolhapur districts have been submerged under floodwaters in October very last calendar year. According to marketplace experts, sugarcane acreage in Maharashtra this calendar year is eight.forty three lakh hectares and sugar production may well be affected.
The sugarcane farming and crushing year presents a livelihood to approximately 2.five crore individuals in rural Maharashtra and provides immediate work to about 1,sixty five,000 staff, apart from eight lakh staff engaged in harvesting and transportation operations just about every calendar year for 6 months.
CBI inquiry sought
In the meantime Shalinitai Patil, previous Minister and spouse of late Maharashtra Main Minister Vasantdada Patil, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the sale of sugar mills. She alleged that cooperative sugar mills have been focused by Nationalist Congress Party main Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit Pawar.
Talking to media at Koregaon, she alleged that working with SARFAESI (Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Stability Fascination Act), sugar mills have been becoming bought at throwaway price ranges to non-public entities near to the Pawars.