Target set for producing 68 thousand quintals of sugar
Actually, every year the target of sugar production is set by the sugar mill management. Under which the factory management has set a target of crushing 65 thousand tonnes of sugarcane this season. Due to which about 68 thousand quintals of sugar will be produced. Danteshwari Maiyya Sugar Factory is the 13th season of crushing in Karkabhat. Earlier, in the 12th season, a target of producing 50 thousand quintals of sugar was set. which could not be completed.
Farmers therefore made distance from sugarcane cultivation
According to the farmers, the Agriculture Department talks about motivating sugarcane production and getting the benefits of the schemes. But over the years the activities of the Agriculture Department have come down. The officers of the department do not show interest in resolving the problems of the farmers. Due to which farmers are now withdrawing from sugarcane cultivation. Apart from this, farmers have to suffer losses due to not getting the price of sugarcane and the difference amount at the right time. Farmers are now taking second crop.
Will the target be fulfilled on the basis of other districts?
In fact, the number of sugarcane growing farmers in Balod district is continuously decreasing. In such a situation, this time, crushing will be done on the basis of sugarcane on the basis of Durg, Bemetara district. In Balod district, at present, sugarcane crop has been taken in 1235 hectare area. Out of which about 1100 hectare area is being estimated to reach the sugarcane factory. In this situation, the departmental officers of the factory are contacting the farmers to meet the target by importing sugarcane from other districts.
Management’s goal was not achieved in two seasons
In fact, in the 12th season of sugarcane crushing, the production target of 50 thousand quintals of sugar was set. But the target could not be met due to less arrival of sugarcane. Because the area under sugarcane was much less than expected. At the same time, 15,000 tonnes of sugarcane was estimated to come from Berla Bemetara. But only 6000 tonnes of sugarcane reached the mill. Last season, sugarcane was crushed for 69 days due to shortage of sugarcane. According to the factory management, 36 thousand 378 quintals of sugar was produced by crushing 35 thousand 60 tonnes of sugarcane in the 12th season.
Crushing will start from the first week of December
Rajendra Rathia, MD, Karkabhat Sugar Mill, told that this time the 13th crushing season will start in the first week of December. For this, the maintenance work of the machines is going on in the factory. Sugar production decreased due to sugarcane shortage for the last two years but the recovery rate was good. This time also the target has been fixed. Actually the recovery rate during the 12th season was 10.53% and in the 11th season the recovery rate was 10.40. Whereas in the year 2016-17, 50981 tonnes of sugarcane was crushed. During this, sugarcane was crushed for 96 days. Due to which about 44400 quintals of sugar was produced. At this time the production percentage stood at 8.73%.