Uddhav praises Pawar and asks the sugar industry to learn from Brazil | Bombay News

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray showered Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar with praise on Saturday, saying he had brought softness to politics.

“Pawarsaheb brought the sweetness of sugar to politics and all the leaders, regardless of their political affiliations, came together for the benefit of the state and the country,” Thackeray said.

The CM was addressing a state-level sugar conference virtually in Pune where a galaxy of Maharashtra leaders like Nitin Gadkari, Ajit Pawar, Balasaheb Thorat and Rajesh Tope shared the dais.

Thackeray has described Pawar as an authority on this subject. “Whenever the sugar industry is in trouble, Pawarsaheb comes to meet me. He then informs me of the problem and also offers the solution. We are lucky to have such a leader.

He said it was time for the industry to emulate the scientific methods adopted by Brazil, which is the biggest sugar exporter, and be self-sufficient. “We must use a scientific basis like research, understand demand and supply, adopt modern techniques and stand tall.”

Brazil exports more than 2.2 million tons of sugar during the peak season. However, with many sugar mills now diverting export stock to produce ethanol as it emerges as a low-cost alternative fuel, Brazil is spearheading this campaign.

The sugar sector is politically important in the state and also forms the backbone of the rural economy in western Maharashtra.

Rachel J. Bradford