The impact of the lockdown has been on sugar exports from Maharashtra. During the period from January to June this year, only 36 lakh tonnes were exported from the state against the target of 6 million tonnes.
The export process was affected due to the Covid-19
Jayaprakash Dandegaonkar, chairman of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factory Federation, said the export process was affected due to the Covid-19 epidemic and the subsequent lockdown. He said that from November 2019 to June 2020, 570 lakh tonnes of sugarcane were crushed in the state.
So far 63 lakh tonnes has been produced. Dandegaonkar said, “36 lakh tonnes of sugar has been exported. There have been deals for the export of six lakh tonnes and sugar is being released from the godowns for this. ”He said that till now most of the sugar has been exported to Indonesia and Iran.
Sugarcane crushing usually starts in November
A year ago, 952 lakh tonnes of sugarcane were crushed and 107 lakh tonnes were produced in the state during the period from January to June. Sugarcane crushing usually starts in November every year and ends in March.
The economy of sugar mills struggling with a cash crisis
Explain that due to the opening of hotels, canteens, dhabas, restaurants in different parts of the country, the demand for sugar has also started increasing gradually, due to which the economy of mills struggling with a cash crisis (Sugar Mill) Hoped to improve health, but Corona has consumed 20 lakh tonnes of sugar in the current season, which the industry remains tight.
With a view to curbing the spread of Coronavirus, when the Central Government announced the complete closure in the country from 25 March.
all mills of the country were still running and there were no restrictions on production, supply, and marketing operations. However, the closure of hotels, restaurants, canteens, malls, cinema halls, etc., led to a steep decline in sales of ice cream and soft drinks, which impacted the sugar industry.
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