Chandigarh/October 28 (NG News)
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday gave nod for starting sugarcane crushing in 16 mills of the state from November 20, 2014 for the crushing season 2014-15.
A state government spokesperson said that Badal cleared the proposal in this regard that was mooted by the state Cane Commissioner.
The spokesperson further said that at present, 16 sugar mills were operational in the state out 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.
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.