In locked-down Maharashtra, sugarcane field labourers' lives are upturned by rising debt, inability to access education
Countless young people in Maharashtra, whose families are engaged in cutting sugarcane, are faced with the reality of entering into an endless cycle of debt, labour in the fields, and eventually being forced to discontinue their education.
Oppressed for generations, women cane cutters in Maharashtra continue to work in inhuman conditions, shows study
Women cane cutters are required to work for 13 to 18 hours a day without any weekly rest day. They work even during illness, menstruation, pregnancy or delivery, which affects their health, the study said
India exports 33.5 lakh tonne sugar so far in 2019-20 marketing year; Centre takes measures to help sugar mills clear cane dues
According to AISTA, mills exported 33,49,132 tonnes of sugar from 1 October 2019 till 4 May 2020.
Govt sets foodgrain production target at record 298.3 mn tons for 2020-21 crop year on hopes of normal monsoon
The agriculture ministry aims to increase foodgrain production by 6.35 million tonnes to record 298.3 million tonnes in the 2020-21 crop year riding high on hopes of normal monsoon
Industry body ISMA on Tuesday revised the country's sugar production upward by two percent to 26.5 million tonnes for the ongoing 2019-20 marketing year, much lower than last year but enough to meet the local demand
Govt pegs wheat production at record 106.21 mn tonne in 2019-20 on increase in acreage, good monsoon rains
Wheat production has been estimated at a record level for this year as acreage under wheat crop has increased substantially due to better soil moisture following good monsoon rains.
India's sugar production declined 64 percent to 4.85 lakh tonnes till 15 November in the current marketing year that started last month as mills in Maharashtra have not yet begun their operations, industry body ISMA said on Wednesday
The government's Rs 15,000-crore soft loan programme for sugar mills to set up ethanol units is moving at a very slow pace as banks have so far disbursed only about Rs 800 crore, industry experts have said
India’s sugar output could fall 20 percent to the lowest level in three years in 2019/20 after a drought last year forced farmers to curb their cane planting and as floods this year damaged crops in key growing areas, a senior industry official said on Thursday
Govt hikes ethanol procurement price for fuel blending; move may cut oil import bill by $1 bn annually
The government on Tuesday announced an increase in the price of ethanol procured by public sector oil marketing companies for one year starting December
Cabinet clears Rs 6,268-cr sugar export subsidy; move will help mills in clearing huge sugarcane arrears to farmers
The government on Wednesday announced a Rs 6,268 crore subsidy for export of 6 million tonnes of sugar during the 2019-20 marketing year starting October in order to liquidate surplus domestic stock and help mills in clearing huge sugarcane arrears to farmers
Cane dues to be paid by sugar mills to farmers has come down to Rs 15,222 crore so far in the marketing year 2018-19, that will end in September, because of government's intervention, Parliament was informed on Tuesday
Farmer suicides in Marathwada: Chronic drought, patchy implementation of govt schemes still plague cultivators
The first three months of 2019 have seen 29 farmers committing suicide, or one farmer killing himself every two days, in Beed district of Marathwada.
Leopard cub reunited with mother in Satara following 7-day operation; forest officials call for more awareness
In the span of seven days, rigorous efforts were made by wildlife professionals to reunite a leopard cub with her mother.
As cane harvests jumped, domestic sugar prices fell 20 percent over the past two years, with sugar mills often complaining about prices falling below their production costs.
The new Biofuel Policy 2018 has fixed a target of achieving 20 percent ethanol blending with petrol by 2030.
Sugarcane needs to be reinvented with a wider range of uses & thrive as a promising renewables source.
8 trains cancelled, 24 diverted as farmers block Amritsar-Delhi line; loan waiver, payment of sugarcane crop among key demands
Eight trains were cancelled and 24 were diverted on Tuesday as farmers continued their protest on the Amritsar-Delhi rail track in Jandiala in Amritsar
Farmers attack sugar factories in Maharashtra, set few on fire over delay in payments, better prices for their produce
Angry over delay in payments, farmers attacked offices of sugar factories in Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra and set some of them ablaze, the police said on Sunday.