The Maharashtra state cabinet on 4 December 2013 approved the setting up of a Sugarcane Control Board in the state.
The decision came in the wake of the recent violent agitation by farmers, demanding increased price for sugarcane. The board would function on the lines of state electricity regulatory commission.
The cabinet also approved the draft Maharashtra Sugarcane (Purchase and Supply) Bill 2013, expected to be tabled in the winter session of the state legislature. Maharashtra has 202 registered co-operative sugar factories and over 65 private ones.
Sugar Production in Maharastra
Maharashtra is the highest sugar producing state of India. Its sugarcane yield in 2011-12 was 80.1 tonne/hectars, compared to the yield of 59.6 t/ha for the second highest sugar producing state Uttar Pradesh and national average of 70.3 t/ha. The average sugar recovery rate in Maharashtra was 11.32 percent in 2011-12, way above that of UP at 9.16 percent and all India rate of 10.2 percent. The total sugarcane area in the state is 936498 hectares.
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Who: Maharashtra cabinet
When: 4 December 2013