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Bumper sugarcane crop in Maharashtra becomes bane for farmers

With none of the sugar mills in the State willing to buy sugarcane crop, distressed farmers here have burnt their excess sugarcane produce, as the excess produce of the cash crop has turned out to be bane for them.

Aurangabad (Maharashtra), May 9 : With none of the sugar mills in the State willing to buy sugarcane crop, distressed farmers here have burnt their excess sugarcane produce, as the excess produce of the cash crop has turned out to be bane for them.

Ram Prasad, a farmer accused mill owners of being biased to poor farmers.

"The sugar mill people are only cutting the crops belonging to the rich farmers and these people are demanding money for cutting the sugarcane crop as a result of which the poor farmers are suffering. Even if they are paid rupees 2,500 to 3000 ($60-$71) they cut only half of the crop and leave the rest. The mill workers are harassing the farmers. The government hould do something about this," he said.

However, sugar mill owners say factories already have a sufficient supply of the crop.

"There are so many sugar mills operating but there is excess produce this season, beyond the installed capacity of mills.

The farmers are worried because the sugar mills are not purchasing their crop that is the main reason of their anxiety," said Hari Bhau, a sugar mill owner.

The mill owners justify their decision of not buying excess crop stating that they end up losing money, since they have already bought sugarcane up to the capacity of their mills.

Maharashtra had 163 sugar mills across the State, out of which 52 have been shut down permanently.tate officials say, they are saddled with a peculiar problem of excess crop during this season, perhaps for the first time.

"Till now 728,00,000 metric tonnes of sugarcane has been cut and delivered to sugar mills till date. And in future around 32, 00, 000 sugarcane crop is expected to be cut and delivered. This is happening for the first time in Maharashtra...The State Government has decided to give 25,000 rupees as compensation to the farmers," said Sugar Director of Pune, Raj Gopal Deora.

Meanwhile, farmers in the region took out a protest, carrying out roadblocks and demanded the State Government's intervention.

ANI

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