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Sugar mill limps with old machinery

  • Published at 01:02 am November 12th, 2016
Sugar mill limps with old machinery
Since 1965-66 fiscal, the mill has been continuing its production with the same machineries, most of which remain out of order one after another, hampering sugar production severely over the past several years. Even during the peak season of sugarcane harvesting, the mills remain closed very often. Though the mill could produce two thousand metric tons sugur during the peak season in 2015-16 fiscal, it has set the target at 4,900 metric tons this year, according to the mill sources. While talking to our correspondent, local farmers said due to some initiatives of Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) they became interested in sugarcane cultivation and that was why sugarcane production had increased this year. But they had to face troubles to get the payment after selling sugarcanes, the farmers added. However, the mill will start sugur production for this fiscal on December 8. Nurul Islam Suruj, an employee of the mill, said the workers and staff of the mill had to suffer, as the mill could not continue its production most of the time, even during the peak season. Md Faruk Hossain, president of the mill’s workers and employees’ union, said the mill has been running its operation with the machineries it started its journey. “Most of the machineries have become dilapidated and go out of order very often, causing losses of the mill over the past several years. The machines of the mills need balancing, modernisation, rehabilitation and expansion, BMRE as termed in the industry to turn it into a profitable organisation,” Faruk said. Mijanur Rahman, managing director of the mill, said, “Implementation of BMRE in the mill is under process. Once it is implemented, the mill can become a profitable organistaion.” Besides, the farmers were provided with fertilizer, seed and pesticides and other facilities, which had boosted the sugarcane production this year, added Mijanur.