Sugar industry apex body ISMA today said that about 25 per cent of over 500 mills in the country may not be in a position to start crushing operations next marketing year starting October 2015 due to huge debt and banks' reluctance to provide fresh loan.
UP Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati has accused the central government of "deliberately delaying" the decision to withdraw the ordinance on sugarcane pricing in order to gain political mileage.
Work continued to
remain stalled in sugar mills across western Uttar Pradesh,
with farmers refusing to sell their produce over cane prices,
even as the factories officially began their crushing season