Pune: Former Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar commended Union cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari as “the voice of Maharashtra’s sugarcane producers at the Centre” in a display of political goodwill. Pawar complimented the BJP leader for his support for the sugar business while addressing at the Vasantdada Sugar Institute’s Sugar Conclave in Pune on Saturday.
The sugar industry will discuss the different concerns facing the business at the two-day summit. Gadkari’s support for the sugar business, particularly in the manufacturing of ethanol, has aided numerous mills in making money.
Pawar had already discussed the need to expand cane acreage in the state’s Vidharbha region. Pawar further stated that the Gosekhurd project would aid in enhancing the region’s water availability. “Cane used to be a crop in the Vidharbha region, but farmers have switched to other crops over time.” Vasantdada Sugar Institute should create types that are appropriate for the area.” He further claimed that Gadkari, a Nagpur MP, owns four sugar mills in the area. The majority of the mills that had begun operations had gone bankrupt for a variety of reasons.
During the event, which was attended by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and other state ministers, the chairman of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation, Jaiprakash Dandegaonkar, referred to Gadkari as the state’s second pillar of the sugar sector.
Dandegaonkar made his statement after the publication of a book highlighting Pawar’s contributions to the sugar business.
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