Parkash Singh Badal Okays Crushing In 16 Sugar Mills From November 20
INVC, Chandigarh The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave approval to start the crushing in the sugar mills from November 20, 2014 for the crushing season 2014-15. Disclosing this here a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Mr. Badal cleared the proposal in this regard mooted by the state Cane Commissioner. It may be recalled that the state government had also granted such permission to the sugar mills for the crushing of sugarcane during 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 from November 25 and 2013-14 from November 15. The spokesperson further said that at present, 16 sugar mills were operational in the state, of which nine were in cooperative and seven in private sector. The crushing capacity of nine cooperative sugar mills was 15766 TCD and 34000 TCD of seven private mills, thereby totaling up to 49766 TCD. These 16 sugar mills required 896 lac quintal of sugarcane for running these mills up to 6 months (180 days), but sugarcane was sown over an area of 1 lakh hectares across the state during 2014-15 season. The expected production of sugarcane was approximately 720 lac quintal, of which nearly 520 lac quintal sugarcane was likely to be crushed during the current crushing season.