Sugar mills in Maharashtra have crushed more than 100 lakh tonnes of cane.

Sugar mills in Maharashtra have crushed more than 100 lakh tonnes of cane

Sugar mills in Maharashtra have crushed more than 100 lakh tonnes of cane, which was not registered with any mill at the start of the season. This was mainly due to the reluctance of farmers to register with any single mill and instead sell their cane to the mill that gives the highest price. Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad told the media.

The 2021-22 sugarcane crushing season for Maharashtra came to an end; with Rajgad Cooperative Sugar Mill in Bhor taluka of Pune district being the last mill to end its operation. The season, which lasted for 173 days, saw 200 mills crushing 1,320.31 lakh tonnes of cane and producing 137.27 lakh tonnes of sugar. This would be the first time in the past 10 seasons when the crushing season had extended well into June.

While this was the most cane crushed in the past 10 seasons. Mills were stumped from March onward as their previous estimates of cane to be crushed started going wrong, especially mills in Marathwada, Solapur, and Ahmednagar. Some mills had claimed an abnormal rise in per hectare yield was to blame for this while others admitted that a large portion of cane had gone unregistered. Which was to be blamed for the long season. Gaikwad said this season, they have seen per hectare yields rise from 80 tonnes to 110 tonnes. Good soil moisture has helped crop growth.

But the sugar commissioner’s office said more than 100 lakh tonnes of cane had gone unregistered. Farmers in many areas prefer not to register their cane with any particular mill. They instead decided to sell their cane to the mill that was providing the best payment. In this way, the cane escaped the net of estimates.

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