Maharashtra is scheduled to begin the 2021-22 sugar crushing season on October 15. An inter-ministerial committee headed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who set the date, has decided that grinding licenses will not be granted to sugar factories that have not paid a fair and remunerative price (FRP) to farmers for the last season.
“Only 146 sugar factories paid 100% FRP to farmers. Farmers should take a call to find out if they want to continue selling sugar cane to factories that do not pay the FRP on time, ”the committee said.
About 12.32 lakh hectares are cultivated in the state for the coming season, while production per hectare is expected to be around 97 tons. 193 factories are expected to participate in the crushing operations and crush some 1,096 lakh tonnes of sugarcane.
Last season, Maharashtra crushed 1,014 lakh tonnes of cane and produced 106 lakh tonnes of sugar. Maharashtra produces 206 crore liters of ethanol and 112 state sugar factories have established ethanol manufacturing plants.
The committee also ordered the Sugar Commission to take action against the executive directors of factories that start grinding operations before October 15. These factories are liable to a fine of Rs 1,000 for each tonne of cane crushed.