The committee will review the steps for resuming operations at Alanganallur Sugar Mills

A special committee of experts has been formed to consider the steps to be taken regarding the resumption of operations of national cooperative sugar mills at Alanganallur in Madurai district, the Minister of Agriculture and Welfare has said. farmers MRK Panneerselvam.

He was speaking at a meeting held on Saturday with farmers’ associations, factory workers and other stakeholders. The Minister of Commercial Taxes and Registration, P. Moorthy attended the meeting held at Alanganallur.

Mr Panneerselvam said it takes an average of 2,500 tonnes of cane per day to keep the factory running efficiently. It was closed in 2019 due to the shortage of sugarcane. He said officials were instructed to thoroughly inspect the factory and submit a report.

Based on the report, the government would take all necessary steps to resume operations at the plant. Adequate production of sugar cane was essential for the smooth running of the factory, the minister said and asked for the full cooperation of the farmers.

Mr Moorthy said the plant ran into problems earlier in 2003-2005. In 2006, the government took the necessary steps to resume operations. With the cooperation of the farmers, the sugar mills will become fully functional at the earliest, the minister said.

A regional level review meeting was held on the implementation of the Kalaignarin All Village Integrated Agricultural Development Programme. Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan and Ministers Panneerselvam and Moorthy attended the event.

Mr Panneerselvam said the scheme had been implemented in 1,997 village panchayats across the state with the aim of increasing the area under cultivation. Aid would be provided to farmers, he said.

Mr Moorthy urged farmers to use organic fertilizers. Mr. Palanivel Thaiga Rajan said that the government has allocated funds to carry out research programs and steps are being taken to implement them.

Earlier, Mr. Panneerselvam and Mr. Moorthy inaugurated a regional training program on value addition of agricultural products. The Ministers evoked the contributions of Farmer and Producer Organizations. Farmers from Madurai and other districts participated in the training program. Collector S. Aneesh Sekhar was present at the training program.

Rachel J. Bradford