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Maha Cong hits out at Centre over sugar imports from Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today hit out at the for allowing the import of sugar from neighbouring Pakistan, alleging that such imports had led to its prices crashing in the domestic market.

It questioned the Centre over the need for such imports when sugar production in the country was in "excess".

Speaking to reporters, former state Cooperation and senior said, "A Delhi-based company called has exported chocolates to and imported some 20 lakh tonnes of sugar from Why is this being done at the cost of our farmers?"

Patil claimed that the import policy of the Centre would affect domestic sugarcane producers to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore.

"The losses for sugarcane cultivators in itself would be around Rs 3,000 crore. With low prices domestically, how will sugar mills pay farmers from whom they have procured sugarcane," Patil asked.

State asked the Union government for an explanation and alleged that these imports had resulted in sugar prices per tonne falling from Rs 36,000 to Rs 24,000.

He ridiculed stating that while the latter claimed that he would get fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim from Pakistan, all his government was managing to do was bring in sugar from the neighbouring country.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 18:10 IST