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Maharashtra’s sugar season headed for a late start

With a question mark hovering over the formation of the next government, the start date is yet to be decided. Maharahstra has reported more than 8.43 lakh hectares of cane and the latest estimates by the cane commissioner’s office has even estimated production of 58.23 lakh tonnes of sugar.

Solapur sugar mill case: Clear cane dues to farmers, then credit amount owed to bank, says High Court

The mill in question had failed to pay farmers the government-declared fair and remunerative price (FRP) for the cane it procured.


Sugarcane dues: A Maha-Glut problem

While the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra can claim satisfaction for doing everything possible to ensure payment by mills — and before state polls, hardly three months away — that sentiment isn’t really echoed on the ground.

Eye on polls, Uttar Pradesh makes mills in east crush cane though season long gone

While Uttar Pradesh’s sugar belt has post-Independence shifted to the western and central districts, sugar cane still retains political relevance in the four northeastern constituencies that vote in the last phase of polls on May 19.

Maharashtra govt plans to use sugar mill’s model to fight infestation across state

The Shree Vighnahar Cooperative Sugar Mill, located in Junnar taluka, has been fighting this infestation by adopting an integrated approach.

Sugarcane farming: Maharashtra govt plans to replace flood irrigation with drip for cane

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has urged the state finance department to work out the budget for subsidies to help farmers meet the additional expenditure on drip irrigation infrastructure.


From Plate to Plough: Cow and cane

Farm distress, particularly the stray cattle menace and the crisis in livestock sector, and mounting sugarcane arrears could dampen the BJP’s performance in UP.

Cane payment arrears could hurt BJP’s prospects in Maharashtra as much as in UP

Many mills in Maharashtra aren’t paying even the Centre’s FRP, leave alone the higher state advised price of Rs 3,150-3,250/tonne fixed by governments such as UP.

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Cane payment arrears could hurt the BJP’s prospects in Maharashtra as much as in Uttar Pradesh.

Why central government schemes failed to fix the crisis in sugar sector

By the end of March, sugar mills in the state had reported cane dues of over Rs 4,600 crore, the highest amount the mills have ever owed to farmers. As the crushing season enters its last leg, the central government and the sugar mills are still trying to figure out how to pay cane farmers their dues.

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Sugarcane Farmers Wage Battle With Mills

The sugarcane farmers in Karnataka’s Gulbarga district have been waging a long battle with mills and the state government, which owe them money for the crops purchased from them. Deep in debt and facing repayment pressures, desperation has driven many of them to end their lives. Gulbarga district collector Vipul Banshal said Rs. 40 crore […]