40 pc dip in sugar cane production

40 pc dip in sugar cane production

Speaking to reporters in Bangalore, Thangadagi said the shortfall is due to the drop in sugar cane prices last year. “Many sugar cane cultivators switched over to paddy following a glut of sugar cane in the market last year,” Thangadagi said and expressed confidence that the production would substantially improve next year.

The minister also held a meeting with sugar cane farmers of Mandya district to discuss the revival of Padavapura sugar factory. Thangadagi said the Government will call for a global tender to hand over the factory on a 30-year lease. The entire process would be completed by June this year. The government was in the process of reviving a total of 12 sugar factories in the State, he added.

Thangadagi, who is also the  Minister for Agriculture Marketing, said the Government has earmarked Rs 322.86 crore in 2009-10 budget for upgradation of 146 agriculture produce marketing committees across the State.

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