New Delhi: The tug of war between the Agriculture and Food Ministry has increased the problems for sugar industry. The Food Ministry is, on one hand, in favour of less sugar exports, the Agriculture Ministry on the other wants more.

Irked with the indecision of both the ministries, the sugar industry has demanded a clear sugar export policy from the government.

However, chances are bleak that decision in this regard will be taken by the empowered group of ministers (EGoM) who would huddle together on Thursday.

Union Food Minister KV Thomas has announced earlier that 15 tonnes of sugar will be exported in the present crushing season (October-September).

Meanwhile, in a bid to provide benefits of sugarcane farmers, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is in favour that at least 40 lakh tonnes sugar should be exported.

In previously held meeting of the EGoM, Pawar had expressed discontent over the less amount of sugar exports.

Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has urged the government to announce a clear sugar export policy.

According to ISMA, during the crushing season, 40 lakh tonnes of sugar should be exported that will benefit industry.

JPN/Bureau