ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Sugar Industry

A Leap into Privatisation

The sugar industry in Maharashtra has been undergoing a significant transition in its ownership structure, which is increasingly moving away from cooperatives to becoming private enterprises. The reform policies, which started in the early 2000s as part of deregulation, have been instrumental in this significant transition. The mechanism of such a shift is described in this article and the emergence of private players in the sugar sector of the state is explained.

The author recognises the research support provided by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi.
 

After cotton, the sugar industry is the second-largest agro-based industry in India. Over five crore sugar cane-growing farmers in India pro­vide essential raw materials to the Indian sugar industry. In turn, the sugar industry provides assured farm income despite the gamble with monsoons res­ulting in unpredictable agriculture in India. However, the large sugar cane far­ming community and the sugar industry are so closely intertwined that any policy reform, development, and amendments in the regulatory framework deeply imp­act each other.

Backdrop of the Sugar Industry

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Updated On : 19th Jun, 2023
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