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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Visit to a Sugar Factory Near Islampur in Maharashtra

Last year I got an opportunity to visit a Sugar Factory near a place called Islampur in Maharashtra. Islampur is 3 kms off on NH4 (the National Highway connecting Pune to Bangalore) at around 180kms from Pune.

It is around 35-40 kms from three major cities of Maharashtra - Sangli, Karad and Kolhapur. I stayed overnight in Islampur in Panchratna Hotel. There are not too many good hotels in Islampur and it seems this is the best.

The visit to the Sugar Factory was as interesting as it was informative. I observed the entire process from the time the sugarcane arrives at the factory (laden over Bullock Carts, Tractors and Trucks) till the time the sugar (in the form of white crystals) is ready.

The whole process is carried out in multiple stages and involves crushing, filtration, mechanical churning, heating and cooling in huge towers and containers.

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