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    Sugar marketing year runs from October to September. Mills had manufactured 7.05 million tonne of sugar in the same period of the 2018-19 marketing year. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), 406 sugar mills were crushing sugarcane as on December 15, as against 473 mills on the year-ago same day.

    Nitin Gadkari said the government was focussed on diversification of agriculture into energy and power, and industry must also invest in rural and agricultural sectors to create employment and diversify wealth generation. He said pollution of the air and water, and India’s crude oil import bill, and agricultural crisis were the country’s three major problems today.

    The sugar commissioner’s office issues licences to sugar mills to begin operations after this date after checking that the mills have fulfilled all their legal obligations and cleared the dues of cane farmers. Mills that begin their operations before the date determined by the government have to pay a fine.

    However, mills in Uttar Pradesh, the top sugar-producing state, are not keen on converting old stocks to ethanol. In Maharashtra, they are undecided about the benefits of the scheme, even though the state’s sugar industry had pushed for permission to convert old sugar into ethanol.

    Acknowledging the need to cut down on water requirements and increase productivity, DCM Shriram conceptualised a multi-stakeholder programme...

    Sugar, which is one of the most water intensive crops, is dependent on the scarce resource for cultivation. Simple innovations in the sugarcane fields of Uttar Pradesh have produced staggering results in water conservation and also upped productivity.

    The alcohol manufacturers have pleaded that there is a massive shortage in domestic supplies of ENA following diversion of ethyl alcohol for bio-fuel blending by oil marketing companies (OMCs) in the country.

    The survey tried to answer three burning questions in front of the global sugar industry, which include the anticipated Indian sugar production during 2019/ 20, the anticipated exports from country and anticipated sugar production of Thailand.

    Of the 18 assembly constituencies in Belagavi district, the BJP could win only nine. With barely a week left for the by election critical for the BJP regime in the state, the party is going all out to win over voters in the three constituencies of the district.

    During the current 2019-20 season, sugar production as on November 15 was 4.85 lakh tonnes, as compared to 13.38 lakh tonnes produced till the same date last year. According to ISMA, the reason for lower sugar production is that sugar mills in Maharashtra have not yet started this season, as compared to 149 mills which were already operating last year during this period.

    About 80 sugar mills from Uttar Pradesh have already started crushing operations. “Mills from eastern UP may take eight to 10 days to start crushing cane as the fields there are still wet,” said Deepak Guptara, secretary general, Uttar Pradesh Sugar Mills Association.

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