Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said an independent drip irrigation model, involving a partnership between the sugar mills and the farmers, could be evolved for effective water management for the cultivation of sugarcane.
A delegation led by NCP president Sharad Pawar met Fadnavis on Friday to discuss the problems of the sugar sector. Emphasising on making drip irrigation compulsory for all water-intensive crops, including sugarcane, Fadnavis said, “We can work out an independent model involving the sugar mills and the farmers cultivating sugarcane.” He added that the state government would prepare a proposal which would be forwarded to the Centre.
Earlier at the meeting, senior NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil placed a charter of demands, seeking concessions on sugarcane purchase tax and restructuring of various loans to provide relief to both the sugar mills and the cane cultivators for 2015-16 and 2016-17.
He pointed out that the Centre’s directives, disallowing stocking of sugar beyond 37 per cent and 24 per cent for October and November, respectively, had led to the fall in sugar prices from Rs 100 to Rs 200 per quintal.