After a three-year gap, Maharashtra has surpassed Uttar Pradesh in sugar cane crushing and sugar production in the current 2021-22 season. Mills from across the state have so far crushed around 1,123 lakh tonnes of sugar cane and produced over 115 lakh tonne of sugar — around 35 lakh tonne more than what has been produced in UP. The record crushing of cane and sugar production in Maharashtra is attributed to more land coming under sugar cane production mainly due to farmers getting good and assured returns. As many as 197 cooperative and private sugar factories operated during this season.
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