LAHORE - Pakistan Sugar Mills Association Punjab Zone Chairman Javed Kayani has appreciated the decision of ECC to remove duty on import of raw sugar. He said it is a step in the right direction which would ensure availability of sugar in the country. The perception that raw sugar is replacement of sugarcane is not correct. The industry cannot operate without sugarcane because it is a prime source of raw material to produce sugar. Sugarcane bagasse is used as fuel for burning boilers to produce steam for turbines to generate electricity, without which no sugar mill can run, as alternative fuels are economically not viable. The reason Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) has been requesting the government for waiver of this import duty is that the recent flood has gravely devastated the areas under cultivation of sugarcane that is why it is imperative to have availability of the commodity in the country.