Canes from Tiru­pat­tur, Am­bur to be di­verted to Vel­lore sugar mills

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VEL­LORE: Canes are likely to be di­verted to the Vel­lore co­op­er­a­tive sugar mill dur­ing the en­su­ing crush­ing sea­son com­menc­ing from December from both Tiru­pat­tur and Am­bur sugar mills.

The de­ci­sion came af­ter a meeting of top of­fi­cials of the Vel­lore, Am­bur, Tiru­pat­tur, Alan­ganal­lur (Madurai), Dharma­puri and Harur mills, that was held in Chen­nai in the pres­ence of the con­cerned Min­is­ter on Wed­nes­day.

Of­fi­cial sources said Vel­lore mill’s cane ton­nage dou­bled to nearly 85,000 tonnes this year from 47,000 tonnes dur­ing the last crush­ing sea­son. This was at­trib­uted to the ef­forts of mill chair­man M Anan­dan, who per­son­ally in­ter­acted with min­is­ters con­cerned to en­sure that ar­rears were dis­bursed prop­erly to cane farmers.Farmers at­tached to Polur and Tiru­van­na­malai sugar mills had also de­manded that their yield should be di­verted to the Vel­lore fa­cil­ity in the last sea­son.

Of­fi­cial sources re­vealed that the mill’s reg­is­tered cane ton­nage could be fur­ther aug­mented if the State gov­ern­ment comes through with the promised Palar-Then­pen­nai river link. The meeting, which was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tive of six mills from across the state, de­cided that di­verted canes would be routed to Vel­lore and Harur co­op­er­a­tive units. With the crush­ing sea­son to com­mence in lit­tle over a month, of­fi­cials are in­volved in clean­ing and re­pair­ing the huge rollers to avoid break­downs. Mill of­fi­cials said they would en­cour­age farmers to opt for the Pun­jab based pit cane plant­ing method as the three acres planted on the mill premises – on a trial ba­sis was ex­pected to pro­vide a yield of 70 tonnes per acre as against the usual yield of 35 – 40 tonnes through the nor­mal row plant­ing method.

With some pro­gres­sive farmers in Ra­nipet dis­trict al­ready opt­ing for this plant­ing method, December (when stand­ing cane will be har­vested) will re­veal if farmers’ hopes are be­ing re­alised.

Vel­lore sugar mill (File Photo)

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