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Maha may be forced to advance sugarcane crushing season date

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The BJP-led government in is likely to announce advancing of the sugarcane crushing season date, by at least a fortnight, following objections from several sugar mills.

The decision to change the dates for the crushing season is expected to be taken at a meeting of the cabinet committee here tomorrow, a state farmers' leader said.

"There are various proposals on the new date. It could be November 1, November 7 or November 15," the leader told PTI.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier this month stated that the sugarcane crushing season for 2016-17 will begin in the state from December 1.

That decision was taken at a meeting of a cabinet committee headed by Fadnavis.

"Fadnavis took this decision based on inputs from a senior ministerial colleague and a senior leader," he said.

Meanwhile, member Raju Shetti, two-term MP from Kolhapur in western Maharashtra's sugar belt, said the government "being forced" to reconsider crushing season date has happened for the first time and is a classic example of this government's "alienation" from farmers.

"December 1 was announced for the convenience of a few sugar mills. The government has now realised its folly," Shetti said.

"cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh owns a couple of sugar mills. Despite this, such an anti-farmer decision was taken by the government. I have received communication from 20 sugar mills, seeking advancement of the crushing season," he said.

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First Published: Tue, October 18 2016. 21:57 IST