Siraha's sugar mill operating under inadequate supply of sugarcane

LAHAN: The Himalayan Sugar Mill at Chandraayodhyapur in Siraha is facing a shortage of raw materials needed for producing sugar.

The production of sugar has gone down in wake of the shortage of sugarcane. The district's first and only sugar mill started producing sugar on December 5, 2016.

Sugar Mill's Sugarcane Manager Abadh Kishor Yadav spoke of the difficulty in operating the mill due to availability of only 500,000 metric tons of sugarcane despite the need of 2.5 million metric tons of sugarcane on a daily basis.

Yadav said that the sugar mill was facing problems in the industry due to lack of supply of enough sugarcanes.  As a result, only two to three factories are being operated in a week, Yadav added.

Of the total of 13 sugar mills in the country, the Himalayan Sugar Mill has claimed that it is the only industry producing quality sugar with a refining system. The Mill, which has the capacity of producing 25,000 quintals of sugar every day, has already produced 47,000 quintals of sugar and sold it in the market.