Buoyed by the record crushing of sugarcane, the Haryana Government has decided to further increase the capacity of all sugar mills in the state at a cost of about Rs 1,100 crore which would immensely benefit the cane growers of the state.

Minister of State for Cooperatives, Manish Kumar Grover said the capacity of Sonepat Sugar Mill would be increased from 1,600 ton crushing per day (TCD) to 2,200 TCD, of Panipat sugar mill to 5,000 TCD, Karnal sugar mill to 3,500 TCD, and Hafed to 3,300 TCD.

It is for the first time in the history of Haryana that all sugar mills have crushed about 500 lakh quintals of sugarcane this year; these had crushed 369 lakh quintals last year. Last week, Rs 200 crore was paid to the sugarcane growers and the pending dues of Rs 110 crore would be released soon. Grover said Hafed had started the process to set up Mega Food Project at IMT, Rohtak, for which grant amounting to Rs 50 crore had been received from the Central Government. This would provide employment opportunities to about 1,500 youth.

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