Mumbai: Sugar mills will start crushing sugar cane from 1 October, a month earlier than usual, in view of the bumper harvest expected in 2007-08, trade officials in Maharashtra said on Tuesday.

“All the mills in Maharashtra should start crushing from 1 October," said Prakash Naiknavare, managing director, Maharashtra Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation Ltd. The federation represents the sugar factories in Maharashtra. The millers would need more time to crush a bumper crop in the coming season (October-September), Naiknavare added. REUTERS