Maharashtra to release up to 70 million rupees of sugar export subsidy.

The cooperation and marketing department of Maharashtra approved subsidy payments for cooperative mills that exported raw sugar in 2014-15 season. The payment of subsidies has been approved to enable mills to clear fair and remunerative prices to sugarcane farmers. The state had provided 100 million rupees for payment of sugar subsidies in the current financial year budget, of which 70%, or 70 million rupees, can be used for export subsidies. The government had declared a subsidy of 1,000 rupees per tonne to encourage export of raw sugar in 2014-15, when the country faced severe supply glut and record low prices of the sweetener.