Suhas Sardeshmukh, Loksatta
Aurangabad – This year sugar cane was planted on 11.42 lakh hectares in the state. This area is 2.25 lakh hectares more than every year. Sugar cane was planted on 2.89 hectares in Aurangabad and Nanded districts of Marathwada. Jayakwadi was flooded and Jalna and Beed districts had excess sugar cane. Additional district sugarcane stats are now available from the Sugar Commissioner. Although the state government says the threshing concession will be completed by the end of May, the headaches at Beed and Jalna are not over.
Beed and Jalna districts have an additional 4 and 3.80 lakh tons of sugarcane, respectively, while Latur, Osmanabad, Nanded, Aurangabad and Hingoli districts have surplus sugarcane. Along with Marathwada, Nagar district also has three lakh tons of sugar cane left. However, if the rains come prematurely, the plan to remove excess cane is likely to fall apart even today. Once it rains and water reaches the farm, it cannot be collected or transported. As a result, the sugar cane will not be crushed. But that is not the case now.
The sugarcane with the largest surplus was in the working area of the Karmayogi Ankushrao Tope Samarth Sahakari Sugar Factory. Baramati Agro Kannada, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje Udyog, Loknete Marutrao Ghule Patil, Gangamai Industries and Construction Prasad Sugar, Kedareshwar are the three factories in Ahmednagar district and Laxmi Nrusinh in Parbhani district, Panganga is the factory in Buldhana district and Renuka Devi and Sinchan Ghayal in Paithan taluka. Limited. These factories have been ordered to bring in more sugar cane. Shraddha Energies in Partur taluka, Mukteshwar Sugar Mills in Gangapur taluka, Natural Sugar in Kalamb taluka, Ashok Sahakari Sugar Factory in Shrirampur and Kisanveer Satara Sahakari Sugar Factory in Wai taluka had surplus sugar cane. These factories will have to pay the transport subsidy. So far, these factories have distributed 4 lakh 02 thousand cane at a cost of Rs 5 per ton. A transport subsidy of Rs 28.8 crore will be required for the additional sugarcane. Now that the issue of the state subsidy has been resolved, efforts will have to be made to make the sugar mills work and grind the cane until the rains come.