Low cane supplies hit TN sugar mills this season

A lesser range of sugar mills have functioned in Tamil Nadu in the course of the present period on account of decrease availability of cane.

Only 28 sugar mills — twelve in the co-operative sector, two in the community sector and 14 in the non-public sector — operated this period (Oct 2020-September 2021). There are forty two sugar mills in the Point out, of which 16 are in the co-operative sector two in the community sector and 24 in the non-public sector.

Manufacturing charges

Non-availability of large yielding new types, vagaries of monsoon, increase in price of cultivation, paucity of farm labour and stagnant sugarcane price in the course of the past four seasons contributed to small cane availability and small-capacity utilisation of Tamil Nadu sugar mills.

This resulted in increased price of production and as a consequence, sugar mills in Tamil Nadu are experiencing acute money crisis and are not equipped to shell out the cane price to the farmers in time, stated the Coverage Note 2021-2022 on Industries Office (Significant Industries).

On the other hand, by utilising the excellent rainfall (984.six mm) acquired in the course of 2020, Tamil Nadu govt will consider efforts to increase the sugarcane cultivation place to 1.twenty five lakh hectares in the course of 2020-21 planting period.

Sugar mills in the Point out crushed 72.49 lakh tonnes (lt) of cane, with an ordinary restoration of nine.twelve per cent. They generated six.67 lt of sugar in the course of the period 2020-21 (up to Might 31, 2021). The volume of sugarcane crushed by the mills is considerably less than just one-fifth of the report cane production of 389.seventy five lt in 2011-twelve.

Contemplating the high quality of Co 11015 wide variety and to increase the restoration of sugar mills, an place of 20,000 hectares will be covered in the course of the subsequent planting period in all the command spots of the sugar mills. Further, new sugarcane types like CoG six and CoC 13339 are becoming multiplied in all sugar mill spots.

Irrigation plan

As sugarcane is a h2o-intensive crop, the Tamil Nadu govt proposes to put into practice a micro irrigation plan on 35,000 hectares by utilising subsidies extended by the two the Union and Point out governments, the Coverage Note stated.

The sugar sector is the resource of direct and indirect employment to the rural inhabitants via cane cultivation, harvesting, transport and allied expert services.