The Centre has sanctioned Rs 1,500 crore for three years to promote organic farming in state.

As an agro-food industry, sugar industry contributes to about 12% of the world’s sugar production with annual production capacity of 23 million tonnes. The sugar industry is a major water user and wastewater producer. According to Gunjal and Gunjal14, there are around 530 sugar industries in India having crushing capacity of 1.6 million tonnes per day utilizing 3.2 million m 3 of water, generating 0.6 million m 3 of effluent per day.

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Order of the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Pune) in the matter of Karim Jahangir Shaikh Vrs. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board & Others dated 29/11/2017 regarding consent to operate granted to the sugar industry - Sahakar Maharshi Shivajirao Narayanrao Nagawade, Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd.

In 1965, the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) secretly funded a review in the New England Journal of Medicine that discounted evidence linking sucrose consumption to blood lipid levels and hence coronary heart disease (CHD). SRF subsequently funded animal research to evaluate sucrose’s CHD risks. The objective of this study was to examine the planning, funding, and internal evaluation of an SRF-funded research project titled “Project 259: Dietary Carbohydrate and Blood Lipids in Germ-Free Rats,” led by Dr. W.F.R.

Suresh Rana also said that out of the 116 sugar mills, 56 have cleared all dues while there were no dues in case of 25 mills

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Shivashakti Sugars Limited Vs Shree Renuka Sugar Limited & Others dated 09/05/2017 regarding existence of 2 sugarcane factories within the radius of 15 km (village Yadrav, Raibagh Taluk, Belgaum District, Karnataka) which is in violation of clause 6A of the Sugarcane (Control) Amendment Order, 2006. The clause was important as they provided that the basic criteria would be the availability of the cane and the potential for development of sugarcane.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 02/05/2017 regarding ban on sales and use of furnace oil and pet-coke in Delhi NCR.

EPCA report submitted before the Supreme Court states that the state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan have no objection if a ban is placed on the use of Furnace Oil and Pet Coke like in Delhi. It is also pointed out SO2, Nox and Sox standards have not been fixed for almost 35 industries.

The tribunal bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar slapped a fine on the four units of Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd. situated in Balrampur, Gonda and Barabanki districts.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shailesh Singh Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 27/04/2017 regarding distilleries causing pollution to water bodies by extracting groundwater and simultaneously discharging large quantity of effluent/waste water without treatment into river Ganga through river Rapti and Ghaghra, Uttar Pradesh.

The National Green Tribunal has directed inspection of 'kolhus' used for crushing sugarcane in Uttar Pradesh after a plea alleged that these "unregulated" units were major contributors to air and w

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