Crushing on in 118 UP sugar mills
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 00:14
  
Lucknow: The UP government on Monday said of 128 sugar mills in the state, 118 units have started crushing with nearly 51 lakh quintal cane being crushed every day.

"As of now 118 mills have started their operations and remaining 10 units are expected to start crushing by the next week," Cane and Sugar Industry Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui said here during a review meeting.

The minister also directed the department concerned to conduct surprise raids at cane purchase centres and if any irregularity was detected district level officers will be suspended and an inquiry would be ordered against them.

Cooperative and corporation mills can purchase cane on the rate being offered by private mills after keeping in view their financial condition, the minister said.

According to Cane Commissioner Sudhir M Bobade, at present 51 lakh quintal cane are being crushed every day. It is expected to reach 76 lakh quintal in new few days.

He said the sugar mills are already paying advance price to the farmers and the mills have already made payments of Rs 187 crore to the farmers.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 00:14


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