Maharashtra: Crushing season over, 61 LMT sugar produced


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Anvita Srivastava

Pune, June 3, 2020: As the crushing season in the state is finally over, a total of 61 lakh metric tonne (LMT) of sugar was produced in the state. However, this year (2019-2020) due to drought and floods in Maharashtra, the state recorded 46 LMT less than the previous year. In the crushing season of 2018-2019, the state recorded the highest production of sugar which was 107.21 LMT while 195 sugar mills were operational.


The crushing season in the state was delayed this year due to the political stalemate in the state and started on November 22. As per the State Sugar Commissionerate, as many as 144 sugar mills were operational this season and a total of 541.64 LMT of sugarcane were crushed with a recovery rate of 11.26 per cent.


97 per cent of Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) Paid: A total of 97 per cent of FRP has been cleared by sugar mills as on May 31. Out of total Rs 13296.49 crores of total payable FRP, an amount of Rs 12866.49 crores has been paid. A total of 106 factories have paid 100 per cent FRP while there are only nine mills in the state which have unpaid FRP below 60 percent.