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Steps taken to make Rajshahi Sugar Mills profitable

December 01, 2022 00:00:00

RAJSHAHI, Nov 30 (BSS): Time-fitting measures have been taken to make the Rajshahi Sugar Mills Limited (RSML) profitable as it has bright prospects of boosting sugar production through increasing sugarcane farming in the region.

This year, both sugarcane farming acreage and the number of farmers were enhanced besides raising the selling price of sugarcane simultaneously. RSML authority is seeing the rising figures positively in all aspects related to this field.

"We are supplying fertilizer, seed and insecticides among the farmers timely to inspire them to the farming," said Nazrul Islam, Deputy General Manager (DGM) of RSML, adding they are holding meetings and farmers gathering regularly to attain the cherished goal.

He also said the government has raised the purchasing price of sugarcane, to ensure its fair price at growers' level, for the welfare of the farmers. Besides, steps have already been taken to diversify the products.

Talking to the news agency, RSML Managing Director Abul Bashar said farmers are seen humming towards sugarcane farming again amid more interest. In the last ten years, sugarcane price has been hiked by Taka 80 per maund in five phases.

In the current 2022-23 fiscal year, the price has been enhanced by Taka 40 per maund giving emphasis on the field level sugarcane farming.

Abul Bashar said they are purchasing sugarcane at Taka 180 per mound this year and the current season's crushing will start on December 2 (Friday).

There are 6,500 acres of sugarcane for the current season. Target has been set to manufacture 4,136 tonnes of sugar after crushing 65,650 tonnes of sugarcane cultivated on 4,036 acres of land. There is also another target of producing 2,400 tonnes of molasses during the current season.

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