Lucknow: As many as 79 sugar mills have
started operating in Uttar Pradesh after UP Sugar Mills
Association announced to hike incentive on sugarcane to Rs 25
per quintal, official sources said here on Thursday.
"With the deadlock between mills and farmers coming to an
end, as many as 79 units were crushing cane till last night.
More mills are likely to start functioning in a couple of
days," a senior cane department official said.
The UPSMA had yesterday announced to pay an incentive of
Rs 25 per quintal to farmers, over state advisory price of
Rs 160-170 announced by the government.
Mills, which have started operating, include 61 private
units, 15 from the cooperative sugar factories federation
(UPCSFF) and three from the state sugar corporation (UPSSCL).
At present there are 157 mills in the state, including
93 in private sector, 33 of UPSSCL, 28 of UPCSFF and three of
the Central government.
"Of these 128, including 92 private, 25 cooperative and
11 of corporation are functional this year," he added.