In the 2019-20 crushing season, crushing of 111.8 MT of cane and sugar production of 12.6 MT were registered, the highest ever in UP.
He said the state mills had paid 100 per cent of their cane arrears to farmers totalling Rs 33,048 crore for the last 2018-19 crushing season. “The State Department of Sugar Industry and Cane Development is committed to protecting the interests of cane farmers,” Bhoosreddy said in Lucknow on Tuesday.
However, cane arrears pertaining to the recent 2019-20 crushing season, especially with the private sector mills, are still pending. Of the total 118 mills in UP, nearly 94 are owned and operated by the private sector.
Bhoosreddy said that during the Covid-19 lockdown, when most industries in UP and in other states were shut, only the sugar mills in UP had continued with their crushing operations.
“In spite of the sugar sale remaining negligible during the lockdown, cane payments worth Rs 5,954 crore were made to farmers. In this payment, the decision to tag the sale price of ethanol and sanitiser for cane price payment was important,” he informed.