'Sugar mills may stop cane crushing if official rate is raised'.

HYDERABAD -- An officer of the Matiari Sugar Mills management has cautioned the Sindh government that sugar mills could go for suspending cane crushing if the cane price was fixed at Rs300 per 40kg or so in Sindh, like Punjab did, for the 2022-23 season.

He said that sugar cane price of Rs250 was being paid to growers considering present percentage of sugar recovery. Speaking at a press conference at the local press club on Sunday, Dost Mohammad Baloch, resident director of Matiari Sugar Mills, said that sugar stocks in the country were available to meet domestic requirement till Jan 15.

He said that Matiari sugar mills had commenced crushing early, on Nov 11, because sugar cane crop was damaged in floods and remainder of crop should be procured to enable farmers to keep their economy going.

He said several sugar mills in Sindh had now started cane crushing although no announcement about minimum sugarcane by Sindh government and mills decided to pay last year's rate of Rs250 per 40kg. He said the mills management had already told growers that it could not pay over Rs250 to them depending on present percentage of sugar recovery, i.e. 8.5pc. He said such a statement had been sent to the Sindh Cane Commissioner as well. He said that it was learnt that Punjab government had fixed Rs300 per 40kg although notification was not issued. But, he said, sugar mills feared Sindh government would fix an identical price too. He said that mills did not object that farmers should not get better sugarcane price.

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The officer argued that present condition of crushing indicated that if minimum procurement price of Rs250 per 40kg was paid to growers the factories would bear the per kilo cost of...

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