Sugarcane production in the state has increased this year, 2.25 lakh hectares more than the previous season. Many farmers have a scale cane crusher. To avoid any loss to sugarcane farmers, sugar mills should be kept open until all the cane is crushed, Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray told the meeting. In the interest of farmers, an additional cane crushing subsidy will be granted to all cane crushed after May 1. The decision to grant a subsidy of Rs 200 per tonne was made at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Cooperation Minister Balasaheb Patil said at a press conference after the meeting. An additional meeting was held at Sahyadri Guest House under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Minister of Finance Balasaheb Thorat, Minister of Cooperation Balasaheb Patil, Minister of Agriculture Dadaji Bhuse, Minister of Public Health Rajesh Tope, Minister of Medical Education Amit Deshmukh, Minister of State for Cooperation Vishwajit Kadam, Chief Secretary Manukumar Srivastava and Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Ashish Kumar Singh, Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Vikas Kharge, Chief Secretary of the Cooperation Department OP Gupta, Secretary of Agriculture Eknath Dawale, Commissioner of the Shekhar Gaikwad Sugar and other concerned officials were present.
This decision will place a financial burden of around Rs 100 crore on the public treasury. The state is expected to mill around 52 lakh tonnes after May 1, 2022, until the end of the season. Of this, 32 lakh tonnes have been crushed to date. Also, after May 1, 2022, a sugar subsidy of Rs.
In the 2021-22 crushing season, sugar cane is available in a total area of 13.67 lakh hectares in the state. In the year 2020-21, 11.42 lakh hectares were dedicated to sugar cane cultivation. The area cultivated with sugarcane is 2.25 lakh hectares more than the previous season. Furthermore, by the end of May 16, 2022, 1,300.62 lakh tons of sugarcane had been crushed by 100 cooperative and 99 private sugar mills. The crushing capacity is about 55,920 tons per day more than last year. On the same day last year, 1013.31 lakh tons were milled. The current year saw an increase of 287.31 lakh tons. Beed, Jalna, Ahmednagar, Latur and Osmanabad districts have the largest surplus of cane. This was discussed at the meeting.