Morena sugar mill languishes as ethanol production plans unblock
By Sundeep Pouranik
Morena/Bhopal, Jun 26 (SocialNews.XYZ) Due to the emerging need for ethanol as a more efficient and cleaner alternative fuel, and the prospect of obtaining better prices for sugarcane for this purpose, former sugar mills across the country are on the alert. path of renewal. However, the situation in Kailaras of Morena district in Madhya Pradesh presents a different picture.
The farmers here want to revive a decade-old sugar factory, but obstacles stand at every step in the efforts made in this direction because certain events amount to destroying this installation.
Morena and its surroundings have been a producer of sugar cane, which is why the cooperative sugar factory was established here almost five decades ago. It was the first cooperative sugar factory in the state. This factory in Kailaras obtained its license to produce sugar in 1965 but the first production started in 1971-72. Operations continued until 2009, after which production declined for a year due to low agricultural production. In 2011, due to increasing responsibilities, this plant was closed.
The use of ethanol as an alternative to petroleum products has given hope to sugar cane growers and sugar mills. The farmers of Morena decided to relaunch this factory. To this end, they formed Madhyanchal Kisan Udyog Limited. This cooperative committee is ready to pay all debts according to the rules.
A liquidator was appointed to oversee this factory. There is an approved bank loan of up to Rs 50 crore for this organization. This factory is spread over 40 hectares of land, has two large godowns and machinery worth millions of rupees which is now referred to as scrap metal.
As the farmer tries to revive and run this factory, there are attempts to sell his machines through scrapping. The Department of Investment and Public Assets Management resorted to scrapping coins that could fetch large sums. This matter reached Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who ordered to stop the scrap sale.
MD Parashar, former Managing Director of Kailars Sugar Factory who is also the operator of Madhyanchal Kisan Udyog Limited, reiterates that sugar factories which have been shut down for the past two decades are being started up in many parts of the country. “If this factory starts operating, the fate of farmers in this region will change,” he said.
Experts say that if the government is to auction off this factory, it should be done on the condition of running the sugar factory; but they find it incomprehensible that the property is sold in parts.
Kailaras falls under the Morena parliamentary constituency and the MP here is Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. State Government Cooperation Minister Arvind Singh Bhadauria, Public Works Minister Gopal Bhargava, former ministers Rustam Singh and Anoop Mishra have requested the government on their behalf to run this plant. Although the scrap sale process has been halted, the big question is whether the farmers will actually be able to restart the plant.
Prashant Mehta, former divisional commissioner of Gwalior and former additional chief secretary in the government of Madhya Pradesh, said that “the determination of the people here to produce sugar cane on five thousand hectares and raise a capital of Rs 10 crore shows their will. Selling the factory is the last and sad option. The chief minister of the state is very sensitive to the farmers, I hope that this effort of the farmers will succeed.
He recounted that when he was Division Commissioner of Gwalior in 1983-84, for the first time, production and profits were highest. Apart from the farmers, the employees also received bonuses and a tour of India was also offered.
In the letters written by the politicians to the Chief Minister, it is said that the farmers of Morena and its surroundings can easily cultivate sugar cane because water is abundantly available for irrigation and the crop is not damaged. by frost rains.
Parashar, the former general manager of the sugar factory, informs that when the factory was closed, it employed around 500 workers and benefited several thousand farmers and other workers. Mustard is now grown in Morena. Sugarcane will bring more to the farmer.