Maharashtra’s farmers organisation opposes central scheme of staggered FRP payments

Maharashtra’s farmers’ union Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) has warned the state government against supporting the Centre’s proposal to offer staggered fair and remunerative price (FRP) payments to farmers. The Centre has constituted a high-level committee to look into a recommendation made by the Niti Aayog to implement a model of staggered payments to sugarcane growers […]

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In the last phase of the current sugar season, Maharashtra sugar production estimates an output of 107 lakh tonnes

The 2020-21 sugar season in Maharashtra is in its last leg and is likely to end by 15 May 2021. Sugar production has already touched 105 lakh tonnes and is likely to reach 107 lakh tonnes, Shekhar Gaikwad, state sugar commissioner, told Financial Express. So far, the state has crushed some 999.50 lakh tonnes of […]

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Are farmers in Maharashtra ditching grape cultivation for sugarcane farming?


The cycle seems to have turned within a decade. Around 10 years ago, a wave of grape cultivation had gripped Maharashtra. Farmers ditched sugarcane and turned to grapes in huge numbers. Today, farmers are ditching grape farming and turning back to sugarcane cultivation.   Fact is grape cultivation has turned costlier in the state. Grape vines require a lot of […]

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Government rules out reducing minimum sugarcane price for sugar mills in India


Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal has said the government cannot reduce the minimum price at which sugar mills have to purchase sugarcane from farmers and urged the industry to expand product portfolio as well as remain profitable rather than depend on central subsidies. Sugarcane is bought by sugar mills at a Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP), which is also the minimum selling price fixed […]

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