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Sugar mills urge govt for exemption from jute bags packaging rules

The request for relaxation has been made due to the increased cost associated with the use of jute bags, as well as the operational challenges they present

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The letter explains that sugar may sometimes endure two rainy seasons, and any moisture absorbed during production or storage can be detrimental to the sugar.

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi

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Sugar millers have urged the government to totally exempt sugar from the mandatory 20 per cent jute-bag packaging from the 2023-24 season, which will start in October.

The relaxation has been sought on grounds of increase in cost due to use of jute bags and also owing to operational challenges.

In a letter to the textiles secretary, the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF) said that while jute bags were good for packaging of grains, they were not ideal for sugar. Jute bags, being airy, protect live entities like grains and cereals, but may not be effective for sugar.

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First Published: Aug 20 2023 | 10:25 PM IST

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