Goa sees less sugar production this season


 The 40th crushing season of the Sanjivani sahakari sakhar karkhana (Sanjivani cooperative sugar factory), at Dayanandnagar, Dharbandora, ended on Sunday, with a decline of about 43 metric tonnes (MT) of canes being crushed this year.
The factory's crushing season began on November 6, 2012, and the factory management had expected to crush about 1.5 lakh tonnes of canes this season.
Prakash Jambhale, the factory's managing director revealed that the state's lone sugar factory has produced about 93,000 quintals of sugar in its 111-day crushing season this year.
"The factory has crushed about 1,07,000 MT of sugarcanes including 47,000 MT of canes from the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, while Goan farmers contributed about 60,000 MT of canes," Jambhale said.
He also said that the quantity of canes coming to the factory was less and the management had cut down two working shifts of the factory and now the factory is working in just one shift.
Everywhere, the sugar factories work for 5-6 months. Thus, the factory employs just one-third regular staff and remaining two-third as casual workers, whose jobs last till the end of the crushing season. The Sanjivani sugar factory also has such two-third employees who are going to lose their jobs on Sunday, the factory's managing director said.
"The employees are aware with the fact and they resume their earlier jobs such as working as labourers in farms. They are experts in farming," Jambhale added. [TOI]