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Sugar factory owners announce rate of Rs 2,300 pt as 1st

Posted on Nov 12, 06:28AM | UNI

Owners of sugar cooperative factories in the Western Maharashtra today announced the rate of first instalment for sugarcane for the new crushing season at Rs 2,300 per tonne.

An announcement to this effect was made by Mahadevrao Mahdik, MLC and chairman of Rajaram Cooperative Sugar factory, in a news conference here after a meeting of all the owners of sugar factories.

Sadashivrao Mandlik, MP and chairman of Sadashivrao Mandlik Sugar Factory and S R Patil, MLA and chairman of Datta Cooperative Sugar Factory, were present in the meeting.

The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS), led by MP Raju Shetty, had demanded Rs 3,000 per tonne for sugarcane for this season and had staged agitations for this since last few days.

Mr Mahdik further said, "We've decided in our meeting that sugar factories in the districts of Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur should give an attractive rate that is more than the ones announced by other sugar factories from neighbouring districts and factories in Karnataka because of the surplus production of sugarcane in the western parts of the state.

He said although they have announced the rate of first instalment for cane, all sugar factories in the districts of Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur will start the new crushing season after the Diwali festival due to non-availability of workers and labourers, he added.