Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday announced that the sugarcane crushing season for the year 2012-13 would begin from October 15 instead of November 1 in the wake of delayed monsoon and less production of sugarcane this season.
Chavan held a meeting with cooperative sugar industries representatives and officials of the cooperative department at which minister for cooperations Harshawardhan Patil, minister of state for cooperations Prakash Solanke, minister for social justice Shivajirao Moghe, state cooperative sugar factories federation president Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, vice-president Jayprakash Dandegavkar, former minister Kallappanna Awade, principal secretary for the department of cooperation Rajgopal Devara, sugar commissioner Vijay Singhal, divisional commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh and collector Vikas Deshmukh were also present.
After the meeting, Chavan said, “A meeting was held on August 29 to discuss this season’s crushing, and it was decided to start the same from November 1. Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar discussed about the poor conditions due to delayed monsoon in Karnataka last week. He suggested that starting the crushing season on November 1 would be a delay, and that is the reason today’s meeting was held.”
He further added, “Sugar factories federation has been appealed to cooperate with the government, and they have assured to cooperate. The sugar commissioner has been asked to take actions against sugar factories starting crushing season before October 15 including a fine of Rs100 per tonne for such factories.”