Sugar production has stopped in Aska Cooperative Sugar Industries Limited (ACSIL) in Ganjam district since Monday following the collapse of a molasses storage tank that killed a woman and two children.

It has worried the sugarcane growers who feel this will affect their income from their sugarcane produce. Around 1,200 tonnes of sugar cane remains dumped near the sugar factory, said vice-president of Ganjam District Sugarcane Growers Association (GDSGA), Narayan Jena. According to him more than 3,800 tonnes of sugarcane which has been cut is now stocked with the sugarcane growers.

According to officials of the ACSIL sugar production in the factory cannot be resumed till Sunday. So, the sugarcane from farmers cannot be crushed till then.

Compensation

The GDSGA members say this delay in acceptance of sugarcane by the sugar factory is a major loss for them. Due to this delay the sugarcane which has been cut would lose its moisture and weight. Sap collected from them would also be less. It will provide less income to the sugarcane growers.

The GDSGA has demanded the sugar factory to compensate this loss of sugarcane growers.

The association has called up an executive body meeting on Friday to discuss about this demand. They are also planning to send a memorandum to the government and administration about it, Mr. Jena said. One of the major stumbling blocks in the path of start of sugar production at this factory is the storage of molasses which is its end product.

With the collapse of one of the four molasses storage tanks the factory is not in a position to store the large quantity of molasses that will generate during the production process.

At present around 5,000 molasses is stored in three storage tanks. During sugar production process around 100 tonnes of molasses gets produced every day at this factory.

Molasses is used to produce country liquor for which around 40 tonnes of molasses is used every day. At present the sugar mill authorities are making arrangement for storage and disposal of molasses that will be produced during sugar making process.