Sugar mills get a breather as Maharashtra lifts ban on sale of molasses

Joseph B. Hash

The Maharashtra govt has lifted the ban on sale of molasses to other States and nations, as the drop in need and manufacturing of liquor owing to the lockdown has resulted in accumulation of molasses with mills. “Lifting of the ban will streamline the molasses organization, which is stagnant owing […]

The Maharashtra govt has lifted the ban on sale of molasses to other States and nations, as the drop in need and manufacturing of liquor owing to the lockdown has resulted in accumulation of molasses with mills.

“Lifting of the ban will streamline the molasses organization, which is stagnant owing to the Covid-19 spread. Sugar mills could promote their stock of molasses, which will clear up storage and pollution problems. Farmers dependent on mills will profit if molasses get a very good price tag,” the Condition government’s resolution mentioned.

In December 2019, Maharashtra experienced banned the sale of molasses to other States and nations till September thirty, 2020, considering the fact that drought and floods in the Condition experienced influenced cane manufacturing. The Condition experienced noticed that liquor and ethanol manufacturing would get influenced by the shortage of molasses.

In accordance to a report by the Condition Excise Department, Maharashtra’s mills experienced 3.02 lakh tonnes of molasses at the beginning of the 2019-twenty crushing year. This yr, mills have created 24.10-lakh tonnes of molasses. As per estimates from the Commissioner of Sugar’s place of work, mills could possibly crush 950 tonnes of sugarcane in the 2020-21 year, generating an approximated 36-38 lakh tonnes of molasses.

 

The Condition has lifted the ban with speedy influence and authorised the Condition Excise Commissioner to forget the sale of molasses to other States and nations.

The Indian Sugar Mills Affiliation (ISMA) experienced issued an attractiveness indicating that to decrease the glut in availability of molasses in the industry subsequent yr, Condition governments need to allow and inspire export of C-heavy molasses for at least one yr in the 2020-21 sugar year, or till surplus sugarcane is created by farmers. “Exports can occur devoid of any economical load on the govt and nonetheless enable in the use of more B-molasses and cane juice for ethanol, as a substitute of for sugar,” ISMA experienced mentioned.

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