A grim season for sugarcane gowers and stakeholders – The Hindu

Bidar, which used to be the fourth largest sugarcane-growing district in the State, is all set to lose the tag, as the district’s farmers, hit by the long dry spell and unstable prices offered by sugar factories, seem to have reduced cane cultivation.Officials say this year’s harvest is just around 10 lakh tonnes, down from the average of 25 lakh tonnes over the past decade. This has hit sugar factories and the backyard jaggery-making units. Bidar has five sugar factories — three in the cooperative sector and two private units. Sugarcane is also bought by around 10 Khand Saris or mini factories that make diamond sugar and molasses.

Source: A grim season for sugarcane gowers and stakeholders – The Hindu

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